Category Archives: Volume 1 Issue 2

Feature Article – The Establishment of a Database on Current Research in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: Limitations and Opportunities – Shaw et al. 2017

The investigation into current research on biosphere reserves is complex and multi-faceted. Numerous factors, including the widespread interests of those publishing on biosphere reserves, publication methods, author languages, and the peculiarity of various search engines makes the determination of gaps, patterns, and opportunities in research a convoluted task. To respond to the question “what is…

Feature Video – Sharing the Range

Southwestern Alberta is where the mountains meet the prairies. Strong winds shape the landscape, and the Rocky Mountains transition rapidly to agricultural lands. The area is part of the Crown of the Continent, home to the Waterton Biosphere Reserve, and arguably one of the most beautiful places in Alberta, Canada. Unlike other regions of the…

The Periodic Review Reports of the Biosphere Reserves of the MaB Programme. Case study: Biosphere Reserve Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and las Villas – Castaño-Quintero et al. 2017

Biosphere Reserves are areas of territory recognized for their environmental and social particularities which belong to UNESCO's "Man and Biosphere" Programme. Every 10 years, the responsible agency for the management of the Reserve must prepare a Periodic Review Report for the International Coordination Council of the Programme to evaluate the level of fulfilment of designation…

Using ‘Enhancing our Heritage Toolkit’ for Assessing Management Effectiveness of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve – Cuong, Dart, & Hockings 2017

Biosphere reserves operating under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme aim to achieve three mandate management objectives of conservation, sustainable socio-economic development, and logistic support. The apparent mismatch between the biosphere reserve (BR) concept and implementation reality has led to the call for assessment of management effectiveness as part of a system to support…

Biosphere Reserves: Learning spaces for sustainability – Herrero 2017

Since 1976, the research on sustainable development practices at the Biosphere Reserves (BRs) of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme have yielded valuable experiences and built an important knowledge base. The practical knowledge acquired in that collection is presently dispersed and risks disappearing due to its diffuse nature, complexity, social changes, and lack of…