Social Regeneration and Environmental Sustainability in Biosphere Reserves

Sacchetti, Silvia and Campbell, Colin (2017). Social Regeneration and Environmental Sustainability in Biosphere Reserves. In: Sacchetti, Silvia; Christoforou, Asimina and Mosca, Michele eds. Social regeneration and local development. Cooperation, social economy and public participation. Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation. London: Routledge.



Biosphere Reserves (BRs) have been designated by UNESCO since the 1970s and are located across the globe. Across continents, the challenge of sustainability meets a variety of cultures, histories, natural settings and forms of economic organisations. Although the need for compatibility between human activities and BRs has been invoked at several policy levels, solutions on how to achieve this outcome have not been considered in the same detail. The chapter then identifies a framework and a number of dimensions (without claiming to be exhaustive) that differentiate BRs, and the variety of organisational solutions that can be consistent with social regeneration and natural ‘justice’. It offers a variety of case studies from across the world.

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