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UMR 208 PALOC "Local heritage, environment and globalisation" is a joint multidisciplinary research unit in the humanities and social sciences, under the joint supervision of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), with its main site at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Against a backdrop of major environmental, ecological and climatic disruption on a global scale, PALOC is studying the many challenges posed by the sometimes brutal transformations in the relationship between societies and their environments. The political uses, ideological discourses, scientific controversies, social practices and representations that trigger and/or accompany these transformations are studied through the heritage approach. This enables us to understand, evaluate, support and anticipate the transformations taking place in a globalised world, and concerns biodiversity, the land and cultural practices. In 2022, the laboratory will be organised into three scientific areas and a cross-disciplinary coordination area. It brings together some forty permanent members, 25 doctoral students and around forty associate researchers from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Indo-Pacific region.