Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries & Cities
Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Cape Town, Nairobi
Project Duration: 4 years (2012-15) Funding: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (+ one-off funding from the partners mentioned below). Members: 20 researchers from several subjetcs in Social and Environmental Sciences, from three continents.
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.