Biodiversity and Protected Areas


Mountain areas have high levels of biodiversity, which is important not only for its intrinsic value, but also as the basis for many economic activities, including tourism, agriculture, and the management and use of diverse resources from forests.

Professor Martin Price is active in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme in Europe, where EuroMAB organises biennial meetings of those involved in MAB activities, particularly in biosphere reserves.


Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism (SHAPE, 2017-2020)

Co-funded by the European Commission's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, SHAPE aims to enable authorities, businesses and communities in Sustainable Heritage Areas (biosphere reserves, regional parks, and other protected areas) to develop innovative ecotourism initiatives which preserve local assets and create economic value from them.

The zonation of mountain biosphere reserves (2014-2015)

This project looked at the zonation of 105 biosphere reserves in the mountains of Europe, to evaluate issues that might affect their conservation objectives.

BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit Case studies (2012-2013)

Conducted by Dr Ros Bryce, this was a contract with the Joint Nature Conservancy Council (JNCC), with funding from BiodivERsA 2013-2014.

Periodic review of UNESCO biosphere reserves (2010)

Staff at the Centre for Mountain Studies have been involved in reviewing and assessing biosphere reserve activities in Europe.

Wild land and wildness in Scotland (2008-2011)

The Centre for Mountain Studies has been involved the development of a methodology for mapping wild land in Scotland. Research has also been undertaken to explore values and concepts associated with the terms 'wild land' and 'wildness'.

Effective delivery of biodiversity policy and actions in the uplands of Scotland (2007)

A scoping study supported in part by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Cairngorms National Park Authority to examine current policy and practice in the uplands in order to identify specific barriers to the effective delivery of biodiversity action.

IUCN Mountain Initiative Taskforce report: Conservation and sustainable development in mountain areas (2004)

For the 3rd World Conservation Congress in 2004, Professor Martin Price compiled an illustrated portfolio of projects on conservation and sustainable development projects in mountain areas. This work was instrumental in the adoption of a resolution at the Congress, calling on the IUCN to strengthen and broaden its activities in mountain areas.