BiodiverCities Paris 2010 : “Sustainable Management of Urban and Peri-urban Protected Areas in the global North and South”

BiodiverCities Rio de Janeiro 2012 : “Urban Protected Areas: issues, actors, spaces”

BiodiverCities Cape Town 2014 : “Rescaling Natural Parks and the City”…


… UPA Network ( and the UNPEC program (Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries and Cities) introduce the International Conference BiodiverCities Marseilles 2015 with the collaboration of the City of Marseille and the Calanques and Port-Cros national parks. 

The BiodiverCities symposium cycle is aimed at pooling approaches, studies and experiences underway, as well as comparisons between protected areas. BiodiverCities 2015 shall offer a variety of contrasting perspectives: France/emerging economies, global North/global South, national parks/other protected natural areas… in addition to the pooling of experiences between the “Mediterranean” parks of the Calanques, Port-Cros and Cape Town.



Ø       Exchanging experiences in the field of the management of national parks in urban and peri-urban areas, or those strongly influenced by urban uses (tourism, industry, etc.).

Ø       Presenting the research underway on the interactions between conservation/development, societies/nature and cities/natural areas.

Ø       Ensuring the development of cooperation between protected area managers, possibly in collaboration with research teams.

Site Visit of the Calanques National Park september 19, 2015

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BiodiverCities 2015
Marseille, 17-18 september
Cities and Natural Parks: Building a Urban Nature?

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  • An international meet held in French and English, with simultaneous translation. 
  • Access is on payment. 
  • Representatives of the Cape Town, Nairobi, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro national parks shall be present, beside those of the Calanques and Port-Cros.
  • Parallel thematic workshops shall take place between the opening and concluding plenary sessions.
  • A roundtable with the representatives of the urban national parks is planned on the first day, as well as a workshop with the Urban Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas.
  • Field visit: 19 September, to the Calanques National Park (limited number).
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Urban Protected Areas (U.P.A.) Network, crée en 2009, est un réseau international, indépendant et sans but lucratif dont l’objectif est de regrouper équipes de recherches, gestionnaires d’aires protégées, collectivités territoriales et représentants de la société civile autour des questions liées aux rapports «ville-nature» et, en particulier, des aires protégées confrontées aux dynamiques urbaines.

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