The Importance of Stakeholder Participation
Over the last few decades, the participation-
The pragmatic reasons for stakeholder participation have gained importance with the growing perception that ecosystems and societies are interdependent, forming socio–ecological systems that are complex, adaptive, and nested across scales.
Stakeholder Particpation and the MAB Concept
The purpose and practices of biosphere reserves have shifted over the past 40 years as the MAB program evolved
Biosphere reserves as a concept were first created in 1976 to help scientists, managers, and communities better understand how to conserve biodiversity and improve human-
This shift has meant that there is now greater emphasis on including local people in supporting the goals of sustainable development.
Changes in the mandate and practices of biosphere reserves have also been accompanied by a corresponding change in ideas about what and how land custodians might learn when establishing protected areas. Although still relatively new, the increased emphasis on learning has linked three ideas in practice:
Participation in Marico Biosphere Reserve
As Marico BR is a relatively new biosphere reserve, we are still in the process of establishing Stakeholder Participation Processes, however, we welcome any commitment and desire towards participating in and implementing MAB principles. Examples of ways in which landowners can contribute towards implementation of MAB principles within the Marico region include:
Tourism Facilities can align with any of the Responsible Tourism principles and certification bodies as discussioned on this app under Responsible Tourism
Landowners can join the National Stewardship Programme – see information on the Stewardship section on this app.
Support community development and research projects
Contribute time, resources, skills and funds towards the administration and growth of the Marico Biosphere Reserve as an organization.