Regional Priority Program « Heritage, Resources, Governance » (HEREGO) – CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2013

HEREGO call 2013


Programme Prioritaire Régional « Patrimoines, Ressources, Gouvernance » (PAREGO)
Regional Priority Program « Heritage, Resources, Governance » (HEREGO)


The Regional Pilot Program HEREGO « Heritage, Resources and Governance » is an international incentive program for structuring research. Its thematic focus concerns processes related to heritage practices (natural and cultural, tangible and intangible heritage) and the management of natural resources, in relation to various forms of governance.

This program coordinated by the IRD is aimed at promoting collaboration between IRD and French research or academic structures on one hand, and on the other, research laboratories located in East Africa, South Africa, Madagascar or in the Western Indian Ocean region (Reunion, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, etc.)

RPP HEREGO is not a funding agency: it is based rather on the principle of North-South collaboration, and funds actions designed to help structure research, such as seminars, workshops and multidisciplinary projects with a strong potential for the development of the RPP’s scientific community. In order to be considered eligible, projects must demonstrate existing collaboration with at least one IRD research unit and at least one scientific partner from East Africa region, Southern Africa, Madagascar or the Western Indian Ocean region, as specified above. Transnational or regional projects are strongly encouraged.

The expertise of RPP HEREGO is represented by a Scientific Committee of 17 members and a Coordinating Board whose members are : Rafolo Andrianaivoarivony (Social Sciences, Madagascar), Igor Babou (Social Sciences, The Reunion), Cynthia Kros (Social Sciences, South Africa), Dorothy Wanja Nyingi (Natural Sciences, Kenya), Charles Saanane (Natural and Social Sciences, Tanzania), David Williamson (Natural Sciences, Oceans Unit IRD). HEREGO is coordinated by Dominique Guillaud (IRD, Paloc).


The call for proposals for 2013 is based on three main themes :


 1. Protected areas and heritage management policies

– Knowledge of the ways in which protected areas function: the concepts of how they might connect with unprotected areas on different geographical scales, competition between different economic and social uses within them, etc;

– The way in which heritage conservation strategies are articulated at local, national and international levels

– The role of local communities in the conservation of common resources, and natural and cultural heritage, and their articulation and conflicts with their governance, management and conservation policies;

– Consideration of the social and cultural dimensions of setting up Protected Areas and the politics of conservation and integration (inclusion) of local and native people into developmental visions/strategies

– Valuation and conservation of endemic, native and key stone species and hotspots.


 2. Conservation and developement of cultural heritage

– Timelines of the dynamics of the heritage process: studying the process of heritage making from its conception to institutionalisation;

– Relations between individual and collective responses in the process of heritage construction; – Valuation of cultural heritage: museums, museum studies, mise en scène and the political, scientific and ideological criteria behind choices made;

– Impact of heritage processes on contemporary societies: social, political and economic changes;

– Representations, instrumentalisation and valorisation of cultural heritage by contemporary communities;

– The above themes applied to linguistic and intangible heritage.

3. Heritage resources and local society 

– Social, economic and political constructions of heritage; determining who the actors are at different levels;

– Uses and and interactions of local communities with natural heritage; ecosystem functions, values and services

– Knowledge of natural resources from the perspective of their evaluation and conservation (not exclusively in the form of inventories), involving local communities or designed for them;

– Social processes involved in the introduction of new species, environmental and social effects associated with invasive species, the valorisation of species introduced into the area;

– Heritage and health: knowledge of medicinal, (either native or introduced flora and fauna), indigenous knowledge attached to them (expressed through various forms of customs and practices), and their evolution.

– The protection of communities’ rights, access and sharing of benefits arising from the use of biological and medicinal resources.


Evaluation criteria 

– Projects must have a strong connection with the IRD: only projects or teams including IRD members will be funded;

– For the extension of 2012 fundings, amendments required by the evaluators have to be taken into consideration by the teams involved.

Projects that will be favored : 

– Support for response to a call for proposals;

– Projects that contribute to better organisation or coordination of existing projects; – Multi-disciplinary projects and those involving several countries in the region;

– Projects providing opportunities for co-financing by partners in the North or in the region. – Projects that show an ability to transfer and disseminate their results to different heritage stakeholders (policy makers, local populations);

– Projects displaying some reflexivity: heritage and heritage process have become key issues in Humanities and Social sciences, and represent crucial issues in public policy development. These academic and political interests determine funding opportunities and lead to material benefits both for research teams and for local populations. Herego’s steering committee will pay special attention to projects providing both an empirical and a theoretical basis for a reflexive critique of the heritage process with which they are engaged.


The projects will be organized according to the following schedule: 

– Deadline for projects’ submission to the Committee: May 31; 

– Project selection: June 10, followed by funds provision; 

– Expenditure of funds by mid-November 2013;

– Completion of the project, scientific and financial report: 31 December 2013.


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