Future steps in the project

Applied research in UNESCO’s Natural Protected Areas (Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks): Morocco – France – Spain)
International UNESCO Centre of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves


Future steps in the project – Prof. Yves Girault (MNHN) – (25th May)

Prof. Yves Girault (MNHN) :

“We propose to publish a research magazine about the Protected Areas and working in two different levels. The first one related with the Global Network of Biosphere Reserves (GNBR). The magazine should be in French so there are very few ones in this Language.

I would agree your presentations and your interventions to the different thesis and it will be very important not only for the students but for the supervisors too because now we know more about each other and the different sorts of working of us.

What refers to the Geopark website we have a lot of progress. This website is going to be dedicate to the Zat Valley and will include a methodological reflection about some territories but feeding the created knowledge.

The last year we published the first results of the first mission to the Geopark and are going to become to a newsletter.”


Prof.Ouidad Tebba (UCA)

“The next workshop will be in Marrakech maybe at the end of October and going to the different villages of Zat Valley. During these months, it will take place the COP 22 and it will be great that Abertis Foundation could participate in. This won’t be a Doctorial session but I believe that will be very profitable for all the PhD students and their supervisors that participate in the past two workshops related with the Geopark project.

I will like that Rosangela like all the women participants comes to Marrakech for the aim of the Work Package 2 that aims women to participate in this project.”


Prof. José Luís Briansó (UAB) :

“I appreciate all the facilities during these Doctorial sessions, from Abertis Foundation to the research group of Martí Boada.

During the out coming new doctoral session I promise to bring more PhD students of the Geology Department.

The out coming missions to the Zat Valley will be during 12th to 18th of June where it is necessary to do inventories for giving a large inform to the European Commission.

In other terms, I will like to talk about a Foundation, Ave María, that works with robotic and environment and they have an important social function with the people with incapacities. Joan Poch said that for the declaration of a Geopark is very important the introduction of people with incapacities.”


Prof. Rosangela Azebedo (Postdoc UAB) :

Brazil has an enormous biodiversity but the only think that we know about Brazil is not the importance of their environment. We only know about caipirinhas, samba and football. Brazil has large different sorts of climate, relleus and soils that make that appears a large diversity of flora. In 2007 is created the Nacional law of the development of the towns and national communities. The government promoted the development of the great cultural and traditional heritage of Brazil through their recognition.

In Brazil there 5 different biomes, every biome is very different not only in ecological terms also in cultural:

  1. Amazonia.
  2. Caatinga
  3. Cerrado
  4. Mata Atlantica. Where most of the Brazilians live.
  5. Swamps.
  6. Pampa.

When a landscape change, the behaviour of the people that live in that landscape changes too. In function of all this biodiversity, Brazil creates the Natural System of Nature Conservation in 2008. In Brazil we can find:

  1. Units of Special Protection, where the population hasn’t access:
  • Biological Reserve
  • National Park
  • Natural monument
  • Wildlife Refuge
  1. Units of sustainable uses with human intervention.
  • Space Protection Area
  • Significant Ecological Area Facts.
  • National Flora
  • Extractivist Reserve

The Biosphere Reserves are inside the legislation and inside the national unit Systems of conservation. It is a heritage with big values that reflects economy, well-being and esteem of the population.

Although Brazil has laws for protecting the socio-biodiversity there still have goals in the future that are not going to solve with laws.

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