PhD Candidate Matar Inspires a New Generation at IUCN World Parks Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ) World Parks Congress 2014, taking place in Sydney November 12-19, is a milestone global forum on protected areas. More than 4000 experts are expected to the once-in-a-decade event themed "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions" to share inspiring stories, discuss approaches to conservation and sustainable development, and set the agenda for the next 10 years.

Diane Matar, PhD student in CEU’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is three years into her PhD research on “UNESCO Biosphere Reserves management effectiveness in the MENA region.” She will be discussing the first findings on North Africa in a poster presentation prepared with CEU supervisor Brandon Anthony, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, and in partnership with IUCN-Mediterranean.

Matar’s profile and role at the congress is featured on the CoalitionWild website entitled “Who Is Inspiring a New Generation” (click on Lebanon on the map). Matar also authored a case study about management effectiveness of biosphere reserves in Lebanon published in the first e-book co-authored by international experts on Protected Areas Governance and Management, to be launched in the Congress in Sydney.

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