The Urban Protected Areas (UPA) Network, created in 2009, is an
international, independent, decentralized and non-profit network, which brings
together protected area managers, local authorities, representatives of civil
society and teams of researchers, to collaborate on Urban-Nature issues, with
particular attention to the role of protected areas in urban dynamics.UPA Network was born with an
interdisciplinary applied research program initiated by Libertas Institute, an NGO associated to University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre,
with the support from the Interdisciplinary Program City and Environment
Research-PIRVE (CNRS-MEEDDAT), France. In collaboration with a wide range of
scientific and institutional partners, BiodiverCities Paris 2010was the inaugural international conference of the UPA Network,
followed by Biodivercities Rio 2012 and Biodivercities Cape Town 2014.
These last two events were organized in
the frame of the UNPEC project funded by the French National Agency for Research
(ANR) : Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries and Cities (2012-2015).
Cities and Natural Parks : Building an Urban Nature ?
The UPA Network and the UNPEC program (Urban
National Parks in Emerging Countries and Cities) introduce the
International Conference BiodiverCitiesMarseilles 2015 in
partnership with the City of Marseille and the Calanques and Port-Cros National
urban natural parks provide a remarkable example of the permanent tensions
between the commitments made for the biodiversity preservation and those for
economic and social development. Despite their demarcated borders, the multiple
flows cross through the natural parks (wildlife, invasive species, water,
products, people, etc.) mark a deep-seated interdependence with their urban
regulations and management practices on the one hand, and the demands and
behaviour of users or local residents on the other, what are the agreements,
complementarities, goods and services provided? The current trends of
connectivity grow to overcoming formal boundaries of protected areas to insert
them into an ecological, territorial and landscape expanded sense. Could a
scale changes and a better integration into the surrounding space allow better
coordination and generate more leeway? The interconnections between
different levels of power (international, national, regional,
local, etc.) shall be viewed from different perspectives, by examining how
these multiple scales can rival each other while also being complementary.
conservation goals may tolerate nature being urban, how can it be built?
The various biodiversity governance and management strategies in terms of
city-park integration and collaboration, as well as the circulation of national
and international models, shall be some of the topics broached in order to try
and develop a general typology of urban natural parks in the world.
Palais du Pharo, Marseille, 17-18
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BiodiverCities Conference 2015
Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries and Cities (UNPEC)
UNPECis an interdisciplinary programof both basic and appliedresearch(2012-2015) working about Cape Town,Mumbai, Nairobi, Rioand their national parks.In this context,the
interdependence betweenhumans and
naturemay seem obvious.But in fact parks andcities managementareoften independentactivitieswhichare not withoutsome tensionsorconflicts, given the diversity ofactors andtheir
interests.UNPECaims to understand theimplications and consequencesof these dynamics.
For managers of national parks and local authorities: UNPECandUrbanProtected Areas Network(UPANetwork)providean independent
perspective onthe interaction
betweencities andprotected areas.The comparative dimensionof this workalso providesseveralopportunities to interactdirectly with yourcounterparts in otherurban protected areasand participate inour discussionon thecommonfeaturesofnature managementin- and for-theirurban contexts.
For researchers:UNPECandUrbanProtected Areas Network(UPANetwork)offer fertile groundfortheoretical and empirical workon the multiplerepresentations of naturein the cities, the socialand spatial segmentation, the cultural
dimensions of ecosystem
services, the topic of risk management, the circulationand application of the globalmodelsormulti-scaleinteractions.
UNPEC is funded by Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France.