Call for Contributions

(Download a PDF of this Call for Contributions in English or in French)

Researchers, managers of urban, peri-urban and urbanizing protected areas, representatives from local & regional governments, and other actors from civil society are all invited to participate in this conference, to share their local research and experience in a comparative endeavor with global reach.

The first day of BiodiverCities will consist of plenary discussions with practitioners from four Urban Protected Areas: Cape Town, Mumbai, Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro. Practitioners from each municipality will speak to the complexities of managing urban environments in close proximity to National Parks; likewise, respective managers from Table Mountain, Sanjay Gandhi, Nairobi and Tijuca National Parks will describe the challenges and opportunities of their urban settings. Moderated by researchers from the UPA Network, these four interrelated discussions will serve as a forum for comparing experiences, sharing strategies and challenging participants’ expectations.

The second day, consisting of presentations selected via this present Call for Contributions, will focus on the relationships between protected areas and cites from both South and North (including the Paris region). In parallel sessions, scientists and practitioners from such contexts are invited together to present their research and local experiences. Proposed contributions should correspond to one of the four dimensions below, each of which will be the object of a parallel thematic session:

1. Biodiversity without Borders: Conserving Urban Nature withinand beyondProtected Areas

2. Whose Areas: Conflicts and Dialogues in and around Urban Protected Areas

3. What governance between cities and protected areas?

4. Protecting Areas? What future for this strategy in urban settings.

The protected areas under discussion here need not exclusively be National Parks: all sorts of and all sizes of protected Urban Nature can offer insights: Local Nature Reserves, Regional Parks, Specially Classified Areas, Biosphere Reserves, Natura 2000 sites, etc

Pre-conference Calendar

Deadline for Abstract Submission (maximum 3000 characters) : 05 April 2010

Submissions should include:

Title, 5 keywords, professional position & contacts of corresponding author.

Response from scientific committee, publication of presenters & logistical details: 30 May
Deadline for presenters to submit short text (two pages + one figure).

Conference Registration Deadline :   31 July

After the conference concludes, papers selected by the scientific committee will be collected for a published volume. Final texts from authors will be due by : 15 November

Abstract Submission: BiodiverCities2010@gmail.com

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