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Geoparks: Heritage, Education and Sustainable Development - an Innovative Methodology for Southern Countries. Case Study in Morocco (Atlas Mountains, Marrakech)

Objective

According to the Charter of the European Geoparks Network adopted in Greece the 5th June of 2000, a European Geopark “is a territory which includes a particular geological heritage and a sustainable territorial development strategy supported by a European programme to promote development. […]”.These territories have been labelled regarding their geological, cultural and ecological heritage - since the early 2000s this Label knows a growing success among European countries, particularly in the West (France, Germany, Italy, Spain). In 2013, 54 European Geoparks received the precious label. This international recognition by UNESCO attracts Southern countries to implement development strategies in line with the recommendations of good-practices management oriented by international organizations. Indeed, UNESCO takes into account a plurality of selective criteria such as a remarkable heritage (geology, archaeology, biodiversity, cultural), citizen participation, sustainable regional economic development plan, heritage and socio-economic values for local populations, etc. to proceed to the inscription process. It is based on an integrated and sustainable management & conservation strategy of natural and cultural heritage from an interdisciplinary approach (Humanities and Life & Earth Sciences) in consultation with local stakeholders (local communities, universities and civil society). Currently, there is no “Geopark methodology” adapted to the South. Thus, the GEOPARK project aims to study potential and compared areas (EU/Africa) with remarkable geological, ecological, social and cultural heritage. One located in Central Catalunia (Spain) and the other in the Zat Valley (Morocco) - Marrakech. Endowed with varied skills in Humanities and Life and Earth Sciences, GEOPARK project partners (public, private) propose to study biodiversity, geology, prehistory, social aspects, heritage, tourism as a geopark based on empirical surveys, field collecting data and shared experience.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /humanities
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 634 500

Participants (9)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 409 500
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CERDAN INGENIEROS S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Carrer Molinot 45-49
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARTIN LOYER
France
EU contribution
€ 13 500
Address
17 Boulevard Saint Martin
75003 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 103 500
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AVIGNON UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Rue Louis Pasteur 74
84029 Avignon Cedex 01
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7
France
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Rue Thomas Mann 5
75205 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PARIS III SORBONNE NOUVELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Rue De La Sorbonne 17
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CABILDO INSULAR DE LANZAROTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Avenida Fred Olsen S/n
35500 Arrecife La Palmas
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ASSOCIACIO GEOPARC CONCA DE TREMP -MONTSEC
Spain
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Passeig Pompeu Frabra 21
25620 Tremp
Activity type
Other

Partners (3)

UNIVERSITE CADI AYYAD
Morocco
Address
Boulevard Abdelkarim Khattabi
40 000 Marrakech
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Xinjiekou Wai Street 19
100875 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments