UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Management Evaluation – Matar & Anthony

This article provides the first comprehensive review of the discourse evolution of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
evaluation, relative to the general discourse of Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) evaluation. Using literature review and content analysis, it addresses two main research questions: (1) In light of recent literature, is it still relevant and important to evaluate protected areas and biosphere reserves? (2) To what extent has the Periodic Review (PR), which is the only performance evaluation required by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme, effectively addressed the need for “standard indicators to evaluate the economic, social, and ecological progress made by biosphere reserves” (IUCN 1995)?

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Management Evaluation: where do we stand and what’s next?

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