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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.

Coordinator

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
Net EU contribution
€ 634 500,00
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 409 500,00
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CERDAN INGENIEROS S.L.
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Carrer Molinot 45-49
08860 Castelldefels

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MARTIN LOYER
France
Net EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
Address
17 Boulevard Saint Martin
75003 Paris

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 103 500,00
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58 Le Pharo
13284 Marseille

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Region
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Bouches-du-Rhône
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AVIGNON UNIVERSITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
Rue Louis Pasteur 74
84029 Avignon Cedex 01

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Region
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Vaucluse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE PARIS CITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 9 000,00
Address
85 Bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE PARIS III SORBONNE NOUVELLE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Rue De La Sorbonne 17
75005 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CABILDO INSULAR DE LANZAROTE
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 9 000,00
Address
Avenida Fred Olsen S/n
35500 Arrecife La Palmas

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Region
Canarias Canarias Lanzarote
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ASSOCIACIO GEOPARC CONCA DE TREMP -MONTSEC
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 9 000,00
Address
Passeig Pompeu Frabra 21
25620 Tremp

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Region
Este Cataluña Lleida
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (3)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITE CADI AYYAD
Morocco
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Boulevard Abdelkarim Khattabi
40 000 Marrakech

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 436 500,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
China
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Xinjiekou Wai Street 19
100875 Beijing

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00