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).