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UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Supporting Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability and Society, 1st Edition

Edited by Maureen G. Reed, Martin F. Price

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UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (BRs) are geographical regions of global socio-ecological significance. They are designated within UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme, and form an international, intergovernmental network that supports the aims of sustainability science. This book shows their global relevance and outlines lessons learned about biocultural diversity, sustainability, and society.

Initiated in the 1970s as part of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme, BRs share a set of common objectives, to support and demonstrate a balance between biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and research. Now nearly 700 in number, BRs are an international, intergovernmental network to support the aims of sustainability science, but this purpose has not always been widely understood. Split into three distinct parts, the book starts by outlining the origins of BRs and the MAB programme, showing how they contribute to advancing sustainable development. The second section documents the evolution of BRs around the world, including case studies from each of the five UNESCO world regions. Each case study demonstrates how conservation, sustainable development and the role of scientific research have been interpreted locally. The book concludes by discussing thematic lessons to help understand the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainability science, providing a unique platform from which lessons can be learned. This includes how concepts become actions on the ground and how ideas can be taken up across sites at differing scales.

This book will be of great interest to professionals engaged in conservation and sustainable development, NGOs, policy-makers and advanced students in environmental management, ecology, sustainability science, environmental anthropology and geography.

Reviews

"A much needed publication about the relevance of Biosphere Reserves as nature-based solutions that implement emerging and key concepts for our planetary challenges – such as governance and cultural practices for ecosystem management – in a continuous search for ecosystem resilience." - Angela Andrade, Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation

"An excellent publication show-casing the role of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as learning laboratories for sustainable development at a global level by linking cultural diversity to biological diversity for the well-being for humankind, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity." - Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

"A must-read for anyone interested in Biosphere Reserves – the first book ever with an international perspective on this innovative concept and its evolving applications to the practices and science of biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainability." - Lisen Schultz, Research fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden

Table of Contents

1. Introducing UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Maureen G. Reed and Martin F. Price

Part I Conceptual and Practical Foundations of the International Man and Biosphere Programme

2. Conceptual Origins and First-Generation Biosphere Reserves

Maureen G. Reed

3. Biosphere Reserves from Seville, 1995 to 2030: A Global Network of Sites of Excellence to Address Regional and Global Imperatives

Meriem Bouamrane, Peter Dogse, and Martin F. Price

Part II Translation and Transitions: The Changing Practices of Biosphere Reserves

4. The Mexican Biosphere Reserves: Landscape and Sustainability

Sergio Guevara Sada

5. The Chilean Biosphere Reserves Network as a Model for Sustainability?: Challenges Towards Regenerative Development, Education, Biocultural Ethics and Eco-social Peace

Andrés Moreira-Muñoz, Francisca Carvajal, Sergio Elórtegui and Ricardo Rozzi

6. Perspectives on Growth and Change in Canada’s 18 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Pamela Shaw, Monica Shore, Eleanor Bennett and Maureen G. Reed

7. The Evolution of Biosphere Reserves in the United Kingdom

Martin F. Price

8. Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Development in Biosphere Reserves: Analyzing the Knowledge Used to Establish Swedish Biosphere Reserves

Tomas Kjellqvist, Romina Rodela and Kari Lehtilä

9. The French Biosphere Reserves: Looking for Ecological Solidarity and Stewardship

Raphaël Mathevet and Catherine Cibien

10. The More Institutional Models, the More Challenges: Biosphere Reserves in the Czech Republic

Jan Tesitel and Drahomira Kusova

11. Sense and Sustainability: The Story of Biosphere Reserves in Lebanon

Diane A. Matar and Brandon P. Anthony

12. Adapting to Socio-ecological Pressures Using Sustainability Science in Egyptian Biosphere Reserves

Boshra Salem and Caroline King

13. Sustainability at the Centres of Origin: Lessons from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Ethiopia

Tadesse Woldemariam Gole, Svane Bender, Rolf D. Sprung, Solomon Kebede, Teowdroes Kassahun, Alemayehu Negussie, Kerya Yasin and Motuma Tafa

14. Innovative Implementation of the UNESCO MAB Programme in South Africa: Towards the Advancement of Sustainable Landscapes

Ruida Pool-Stanvliet and Kaera Coetzer-Hanack

15. Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Reactivation of Japanese Biosphere Reserves

Hiroyuki Matsuda, Shinsuke Nakamura and Tetsu Sato

16. Biosphere Reserves in Vietnam: Management Challenges

Van Cuong Chu, Peter Dart, Nguyen Manh Ha, Vo Thi Minh Le and Marc Hockings

17. Man and the Biosphere Programme in China: Sustaining the Community of Life over Four Decades

Wang Ding and Han Qunli

18. The Four Stages of Biosphere Reserves in Australia: A Retro-and Prospective

Peter Bridgewater

Part III: Lessons for Sustainability Science and Sustainability in Practice

19. Integrating Science and Local Knowledge to Strengthen Biosphere Reserve Management

Marc Hockings, Ian Lilley, Diane Matar, Nigel Dudley and Rob Markham

20. Biosphere Reserves, Ideal Sites to Implement Holistic Approaches in Regenerative Development

Tania Moreno and Eduard Müller

21. Co-creation of Sustainable Development Knowledge in Biosphere Reserves

Miren Onaindia, Cristina Herero, Alberto Hernández, José Vicente de Lucio, Antonio Pou, Juana Barber, Tomás Rueda, Bernardo Varela, Benedicta Rodríges and Aquilino Miguélez

22. Implementation of Social-ecological Management Approaches in Biosphere Reserves in the Mediterranean Basin

Mario Torralba, María García-Martín, Cristina Quintas-Soriano, Franziska Wolpert and Tobias Plieninger

23. Participatory Learning for Transdisciplinary Science in Biosphere Regions: A Modified Role for Universities

Heike Walk, Vera Luthardt and Benjamin Noelting

24. Embracing Cultures in Ecosystem Governance in Biosphere Reserves: Slowing Down the Pace

Liette Vasseur

25. Unfinished Business: The Present and Future Contributions of Biosphere Reserves to Sustainability Science

Maureen G. Reed and Martin F. Price

Index

About the Editors

Maureen G. Reed is Assistant Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She is UNESCO (co)-Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal.

Martin F. Price is Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK. Since 2009 he has held the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (Hannah.Ferguson@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science