31 CONGRESO GEOGRAFICO INTERNACIONAL
The « territories » refer to the overall geographic levels (ranging from the local to the global, and going through the regional, national and the supranational levels) which serve as a life framework, reference and human action. The territory constitutes, in its broad meaning, the privileged field of our discipline: it provides it with its unity and status. Dealing with the territory means also taking into consideration the relation between society and its environment and focusing on the contribution of geography and the specificity of geography. Choosing the territory as a field of study and eared to building and structuring is a major stake.