IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN CEM Biosphere Reserves Thematic Group

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Overview and description

Description:
The thematic group on Biosphere Reserves aims to better connect the work of the Commission regarding issues such as ecosystem-based assessment, ecosystem governance, and resilience to activities ...
The thematic group on Biosphere Reserves aims to better connect the work of the Commission regarding issues such as ecosystem-based assessment, ecosystem governance, and resilience to activities within biosphere reserves, and to enhance collaborations between UNESCO and IUCN. Biosphere Reserves are excellent locations to examine how to implement the SDGs, Aichi Targets and other agreements on the ground.

Group leadership

Dr Esperanza ARNÉS PRIETO

Co-Chair

I have a PH.D in evaluating sustainability of peasant farming systems in highlands. I am currently working in UNESCO and I am focused on Biosphere Reserves (BR) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I ...

I have a PH.D in evaluating sustainability of peasant farming systems in highlands. I am currently working in UNESCO and I am focused on Biosphere Reserves (BR) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am interested in promote the harmonization of human activities (mostly in rural areas and buffer zones of BR) with the environment. I have worked with different methodologies that encourage the agroecology and the functional landscape paradigms.

Dr Sara BURBI

Chair
A little about me: After graduating in Veterinary Medicine in my home country at the University of Pisa, Italy, I decided to pursue a career in sustainable rural development. I have worked in ...
A little about me: After graduating in Veterinary Medicine in my home country at the University of Pisa, Italy, I decided to pursue a career in sustainable rural development. I have worked in developing countries and I am a keen traveller, valuing cultural knowledge in various rural settings. My main interests are the environmental impact of livestock farming and the social barriers to the development of sustainable rural livelihoods. My involvement in community engagement projects in Latin America and the United Kingdom highlighted the importance of facilitating knowledge exchange and participatory activities to build social and cultural capital, in order to address the issues of climate change and sustainable agricultural systems. That is also why I have completed a PhD in Climate-Smart Agriculture at Coventry University, UK. The research topic was the socio-environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emission mitigation strategies on livestock farms, creating a monitoring & evaluation system to assess greenhouse gases mitigation strategies at the farm level and providing recommendations on possible improvements. The most valuable part of the work was, however, engaging with farmers as co-researchers in order to strengthen the communication between researchers and farmers in a participatory capacity building environment.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN CEM Biosphere Reserves Thematic Group
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