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Sian Ka'an : the gate to heaven? : a critical approach towards the biosphere reserve and its ambition to improve the overall relationship between people and their environment

Reichel, Dorina LU (2012) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM01 20121
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
This research is based on the investigation of a Biosphere Reserve in the South of Mexico. It observes the Vision and Mission of the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an in Quintana Roo Mexico based on the norms given by UNESCO’s Man And the Biosphere. It also tries to examine the Reserve’s opportunity for sustainability science to be a knowledge co-production and exchange platform. And its prospects to be a learning laboratory or a role model for ‘sustainable living’ practices. It is established on an exploratory qualitative approach of observation and participation. The study is founded on Habermas theory of communicative action. The theory assists in stressing the importance of using a participatory dialogue as a vehicle for combining the... (More)
This research is based on the investigation of a Biosphere Reserve in the South of Mexico. It observes the Vision and Mission of the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an in Quintana Roo Mexico based on the norms given by UNESCO’s Man And the Biosphere. It also tries to examine the Reserve’s opportunity for sustainability science to be a knowledge co-production and exchange platform. And its prospects to be a learning laboratory or a role model for ‘sustainable living’ practices. It is established on an exploratory qualitative approach of observation and participation. The study is founded on Habermas theory of communicative action. The theory assists in stressing the importance of using a participatory dialogue as a vehicle for combining the different types of knowledge found in the Biosphere Reserve and creating better outcomes for scientific studies and decision-making. The results of the study propose a second strategy using the competence of knowledge (learning laboratory, knowledge production and exchange platform) itself in order to aid the Biosphere Reserve in protecting itself against outside pressures. Especially in the ‘legitimacy crisis’ (Bäckstrand, 2003) that science is facing. But the study also points out the complexity of conservation matters. When the different interests of all the actors in the Biosphere Reserve do not improve the handling and controlling of it. And finally the thesis could be seen as stimulation to do more anthropological research on the relationships between humans and the environment in and around a Biosphere Reserve. (Less)
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author
Reichel, Dorina LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM01 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
discourse, participation, knowledge co-production, biosphere reserve, social learning, sustainability science
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2012:029
language
English
id
3202891
date added to LUP
2012-11-26 10:18:18
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2013-03-12 14:22:00
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  abstract     = {This research is based on the investigation of a Biosphere Reserve in the South of Mexico. It observes the Vision and Mission of the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an in Quintana Roo Mexico based on the norms given by UNESCO’s Man And the Biosphere. It also tries to examine the Reserve’s opportunity for sustainability science to be a knowledge co-production and exchange platform. And its prospects to be a learning laboratory or a role model for ‘sustainable living’ practices. It is established on an exploratory qualitative approach of observation and participation. The study is founded on Habermas theory of communicative action. The theory assists in stressing the importance of using a participatory dialogue as a vehicle for combining the different types of knowledge found in the Biosphere Reserve and creating better outcomes for scientific studies and decision-making. The results of the study propose a second strategy using the competence of knowledge (learning laboratory, knowledge production and exchange platform) itself in order to aid the Biosphere Reserve in protecting itself against outside pressures. Especially in the ‘legitimacy crisis’ (Bäckstrand, 2003) that science is facing. But the study also points out the complexity of conservation matters. When the different interests of all the actors in the Biosphere Reserve do not improve the handling and controlling of it. And finally the thesis could be seen as stimulation to do more anthropological research on the relationships between humans and the environment in and around a Biosphere Reserve.},
  author       = {Reichel, Dorina},
  keyword      = {discourse,participation,knowledge co-production,biosphere reserve,social learning,sustainability science},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {Sian Ka'an : the gate to heaven? : a critical approach towards the biosphere reserve and its ambition to improve the overall relationship between people and their environment},
  year         = {2012},
}