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Thursday, 24 January 2013, 12:00 - 13:00 at UNU-IAS

Learning to Learn: Evolving Sustainability Practices in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Maureen Reed
Professor, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability

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Event Description

This seminar will aim to explain how ideas about conservation, sustainable development, and learning in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme have evolved by critically examining the history of biosphere reserves from the 1970s to the present day. Dr. Maureen Reed will present information from early and present-day international plans established by UNESCO and the MAB programme, and then discuss how these were interpreted "on the ground" in Canada. Specifically, the presentation addresses three questions:

What were the international priorities for conservation and learning and how have they changed over time?

How did these international priorities become translated into criteria for the designation of biosphere reserves internationally?

How did these priorities become expressed "on the ground" in the designation processes and research practices of Canadian biosphere reserves?

As she examines these changes, Dr. Reed will consider the implications for how we assess the activities of biosphere reserves in the present.


12:00 - 12:05 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil (UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-IAS)
12:05 - 12:35

Learning to Learn: Evolving Sustainability Practices in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves
Maureen Reed (Professor, University of Saskatchewan)

12:35 - 13:00 Discussion and Q&A

Speaker's Biography

Maureen Reed received her BS from the University of Victoria, an MA from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Waterloo. She is currently Professor at the University of Saskatchewan's School of Environment and Sustainability. Her research specializations are environmental governance, specifically related to environmental policy-making, rural community sustainability, and studies of gender in environmental management. Explaining social and equity dimensions of environmental and land use policies as they affect rural places is a particular concern for hers. She currently works on several research projects related to community forestry, model forests, biosphere reserves, agricultural communities, water security and national parks.

In addition to dozens of journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Reed has written or edited three books, including Our Environment: A Canadian Perspective 3rd and 4th Editions (2005 and 2009, with Dianne Draper), Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities (2003), and Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Cultures, and Collective Action (co-edited with John Parkins 2013). She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the graduate School of Environment and Sustainability and is a member of the Canada-MAB committee that is responsible for overseeing the biosphere reserve programme in Canada.

Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact UNU-IAS at unuias[at] or 045-221-2300.
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