The UNESCO biosphere reserve concept as a tool for urban sustainability: the CUBES Cape Town case study.

Abstract:

:The Cape Town Case Study (CTCS) was a multi-institutional collaborative project initiated by CUBES, a knowledge networking initiative of UNESCO's Ecological Sciences Division and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Cape Town was selected as a CUBES site on the basis of its high biological and cultural significance, together with its demonstrated leadership in promoting urban sustainability. The CTCS was conducted by the Cape Town Urban Biosphere Group, a cross-disciplinary group of specialists drawn from national, provincial, municipal, and civil society institutions, mandated to examine the potential value of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve concept as a tool for environmental management, social inclusion, and poverty alleviation in Cape Town. This article provides a contextualization of the CTCS and its collaborative process. It also reviews the biosphere reserve concept relative to urban sustainability objectives and proposes a more functional application of that concept in an urban context. A detailed analysis of key initiatives at the interface of conservation and poverty alleviation is provided in table format. Drawing on an examination of successful sustainability initiatives in Cape Town, specific recommendations are made for future application of the biosphere reserve concept in an urban context, as well as a model by which urban areas might affiliate with the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and criteria for such affiliation.

journal_name

Ann N Y Acad Sci

authors

Stanvliet R,Jackson J,Davis G,De Swardt C,Mokhoele J,Thom Q,Lane BD

doi

10.1196/annals.1319.003

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2004-06-01 00:00:00

pages

80-104

eissn

0077-8923

issn

1749-6632

pii

1023/1/80

journal_volume

1023

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