, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 1799-1804
Date: 16 Jan 2008

Implementing the biosphere reserve concept: the case of Parque Atlántico Mar Chiquito biosphere reserve from Argentina

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The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building aiming to improve the relationship of people with their environment globally. The aim of this note is to analyze the problems detected during the process of implementation of the biosphere reserve concept in a highly developed region in a developing country, taking as example the Parque Atlántico Mar Chiquito Biosphere Reserve from Argentina. Two big questions emerge from this analysis: who empowers the local stakeholders in a context of private properties with high prices of commodities?, and how can scientific results related with the environmental sustainable develop be put in a practical context without appropriate institutions?