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 ?
ESPE, 63 La Canebière
Marseille, 17-18 september 2015
BiodiverCities Paris 2010 : “Sustainable Management of Urban and Peri-urban Protected Areas in the
global North and South”
BiodiverCities Rio de Janeiro 2012 : “Urban
Protected Areas: issues, actors, spaces”
BiodiverCities Cape Town 2014 : “Rescaling Natural
Parks and the City”…
Network (upa-network.org) and the UNPEC program (Urban National Parks in
Emerging Countries and Cities) introduce the International Conference BiodiverCities 2015in partnership with the City of Marseille and the
Calanques and Port-Cros national parks.
symposium cycle is aimed at pooling approaches, studies and experiences underway,
as well as comparisons between protected areas. BiodiverCities 2015
shall offer a variety of contrasting perspectives: France/emerging economies,
global North/global South, national parks/other protected natural areas… in
addition to the pooling of experiences between the “Mediterranean” parks of the
Calanques, Port-Cros and Cape Town.
experiences in the field of the management of national parks in urban
and peri-urban areas, or those strongly influenced by urban uses (tourism, industry,
Presenting the research
underway on the interactions between conservation/development, societies/nature
and cities/natural areas.
development of cooperation between protected area managers, in partnership with research teams.
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.