UNESCO Chair: Sustainable heritage and environmental management
MAB Master project

The evolution of stakeholders participation in Biosphere Reserves worldwide

Marie Curtet, master student in the Man and Biosphere program at the University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, is collaborating with the UNESCO Chair and the associated team in Bergen for her master project about stakeholder participation in Biosphere Reserves.

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What is the project about ?

This master project is part of the “Global Survey on Biosphere Reserves” project currently under study at the UNESCO Chair of the University of Bergen. This running project is a continuation of Lisen Schultz's work and is currently led by Alicia May Donnellan Barraclough and Inger Elisabeth Måren.

The goal of the master project is to understand how stakeholders participation (actors’ involvement) in Biosphere Reserves has evolved over time. A special attention will be given to the role, diversity, and level of participation of stakeholders in the design and implementation of projects.

What methods are going to be used for this project ?

Methods applied for this study are both quantitative and qualitative. Results will come from studies of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves global survey and case studies held in Biosphere Reserves in Norway and France. The project is currently done remotely due to the pandemic restrictions and has a duration of 6 months.

Who work on the project ?

  • Marie Curtet, Man and Biosphere (MAB) master student at the University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Master project at the UNESCO Chair of the University of Bergen, Norway.

Supervision :

  • Alicia May Donnellan Barraclough: Postdoctoral fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Inger Elisabeth Måren: Associate Professor, UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Heritage and Environmental Management at the University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Catherine Cibien: Coordinator of the Master MAB, Head of MAB France.

About the Master MAB in France:

The master Man and Biosphere (MAB) is a part of the “Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution” master at the University of Paul Sabatier, in Toulouse, France. It emphasizes the importance of social-ecological systems and gives tools for protected areas managers to work following the MAB programme values. This master is taught in French but welcomes international students every year.

A report will be delivered at the end of the study (September 2021).