The importance of Systems Thinking and Practice for creating biosphere reserves as "learning laboratories for sustainable development"

Bosch, Ockie J. H., Maani, Kambiz E. and Nguyen, Nam Cao (2009). The importance of Systems Thinking and Practice for creating biosphere reserves as "learning laboratories for sustainable development". In: Program and Abstracts: Making Liveable, Sustainable Systems Unremarkable - 53rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. ISSS2009 53rd Meeting of The International Society for the Systems Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia., (61-61). 12-17 July 2009.


Author Bosch, Ockie J. H.
Maani, Kambiz E.
Nguyen, Nam Cao
Title of paper The importance of Systems Thinking and Practice for creating biosphere reserves as "learning laboratories for sustainable development"
Conference name ISSS2009 53rd Meeting of The International Society for the Systems Sciences
Conference location The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Conference dates 12-17 July 2009
Proceedings title Program and Abstracts: Making Liveable, Sustainable Systems Unremarkable - 53rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Poster
Open Access Status
Start page 61
End page 61
Formatted Abstract/Summary
UNESCO has recommended the launch of pilot projects to use biosphere reserves as learning laboratories or spaces to address the gap between biosphere reserve knowledge systems (scientific, experiential, and indigenous) and the imperative for wider sustainable development. In this regard, a pilot project in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve (CBBR) in northern Vietnam has been initiated. The project has three major aims that address:

• the needs of UNESCO/MAB and the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) initiative by contributing to sustainable development knowledge and education globally;

• the environment (e.g. biodiversity), livelihood of people (e.g. poverty alleviation) and economic benefits (such as sharing in the revenue from a booming tourism industry); and

• the adoption of policies and processes by Government and management bodies to ensure that long term sustainable management will become institutionalised and ongoing.

This paper discusses the use of systems thinking concepts and tools in creating learning laboratories for sustainable development. The biosphere reserve and sustainable development literature as well as the learning laboratories for sustainable development concept will be briefly described. The importance of systems thinking methodology and applications to deal with ever-increasing complexities of sustainable development will be discussed. A Causal Loop Model of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve integrating policy, social, environmental, and economic dimensions has been developed to identify key leverage points and where systemic interventions will be most effective (potential research projects). This model also serves as a platform for research collaboration through alliances and multi-disciplinary teams to address the various domains, leverage points, and interventions identified. The model and approach could serve as a pilot for other biosphere reserves in Vietnam and globally.
Subjects 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
309999 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
671206 Integrated systems
Keyword systems thinking
Learning Laboratories
Biosphere Reserves
sustainability
Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Poster number 2009-1114

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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