Applied research in UNESCO’s Natural Protected Areas (Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks): Morocco – France – Spain)
International UNESCO Centre of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves
Working session byProf. Yves Girault, Prof. José Luís Briansó and Prof. Ouidad Tebbaa (24th May)
Firstly, the main responsibles of the RISE Project, Prof. Yves Girault, thaked to the organizers of the event, the Prof. Carles Barriocanal and to the Abertis Foundation and explained how the Doctorial session is going to work and aimed at the students to share their experiences and their comments of the others PhD studies.
Prof. Yves Girault
In relation with the European project H2020 (People-RISE), the Professor told us the project to realize Thematic issue : Environmental education in protected areas in International journal of environmental education. The main objective of this thematic issue is to analyse not only the Figure but the pedagogical material developed in and the relation with their environment. He wishes that through Albertis Foundation will appear new researchers that can participate in that idea.
Prof. José Luís Briansó
In his intervention, the Prof. José Luís Briansó explained the main characteristics of the European Project H2020 (People – RISE) and how the Global Network of Geoparks is related with UNESCO like the Biosphere Reserves Figures.
Nowadays, there are two main Geoparks Network, the European and the global and explained all the potentialities of other parts of the world such as Africa or Australia but, he remarked the Latin America situation that, at the moment, have only two Geoparks declared but the potentiality of Latin America is for 150 Geoparks. Now, there are 122 Geoparks all over the world but he expected that very soon, there will be more than 150. In the specific case of Catalonia, there is only 1 Geopark (Catalunya Central) and, now they are working in the second one, located in Pallars Jussà region.
Prof. Briansó explained the main issues that we should work in interdisciplinary terms for the development of a Geopark such as research, education and communication, sustainability and Geo-tourism and, the importance of the collaboration between public and private institutions.
The Geopark that we want to develop is located in the Zat Valley, 60 km to Marrakech. Now, we are working in several missions for getting all the data, samples and analysis for knowing if the conditions of the area are suitable for declare the Zat Valley a Geopark. He wanted to focus on the great cultural patrimony of the area and all the local population should benefit of the protected figure of Geopark.
Finally, the presence in the project of the research group of Martí Boada and the presence of Joan Poch were mentioned as a very important collaboration for the developing of this project.