The research group aims to integrate and share the research that is pursued in relation to terrestrial, island and coastal systems of the Pacific and Indian Ocean, in a research action approach, and to develop inclusive and cross-projects/research manner.

The Littoral, Islands and Archipelagos – Diversity, Vulnerability/ Sustainability, Adaptability (LADIVA) research group aims to integrate and share the research that is carried out in relation to island and coastal terrestrial systems in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, in a sustainable and action science, to develop inclusive and cross-projects. These systems have territorial, economic, biological and cultural specificities, particularly in terms of adaptability, and are particularly vulnerable to global changes.

First objective: to understand the coastal territory with a systemic perspective of its operation, its vulnerability to global changes, particularly climate change, and its governance (practices, uses and perceptions of territories and landscapes).

Second objective: to apply to the island environment the science of socio-ecosystems, associated territories and their governance based on the premise that islands can serve as a laboratory for:

  1. Studying the dynamics between socio-systems and ecosystems and the modalities of governance of these dynamics.
  2. Studying and testing the processes of resistance, homeostasis, and resilience of the different components of territorialized socio-ecosystems.
  3. Investigating the synergistic and antagonistic effects of the over-imposition of vulnerability, adaptability and diversity parameters on the viability of island socio-ecosystems and socio-systems.

From this scientific position must result a social one with regard to decision-makers so that the research unit is a bearer of strategic reflections on the future of the territories.