Biosphere Reserves: An 'Enabling Space' for Communities

23 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2018

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Silvia Sacchetti

University of Trento; European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Colin Campbell

Assist Social Capital

Date Written: October 18, 2017


This article considers the challenge of socio-economic development within biosphere reserves (BRs). How to achieve compatibility between human activities in BRs has not been considered in detail. Part of the issue is methodological; BRs have common aims, but greatly differ in terms of their contextual elements. We identify a number of “spaces” that differentiate BRs and organisational solutions that can be consistent with social and natural “justice”. Social capital, the supporting values and links that determine the ability of community members to cooperate is seen as critical across the spatial dimension of our framework. The paper also explores a practice-based approach to assess emerging development themes and policy intervention applied in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.

Keywords: Biosphere reserves; Social capital; Social enterprise; Community development; Ostrom

JEL Classification: Q01; L31; L38

Suggested Citation

Sacchetti, Silvia and Campbell, Colin, Biosphere Reserves: An 'Enabling Space' for Communities (October 18, 2017). Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, Special Issue on Community-Based, Collaborative Solutions to Sustainable Economic Development in and around Biosphere Reserves, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2017, pp. 10-32., Available at SSRN:

Silvia Sacchetti

University of Trento ( email )

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Trento, Trento 38152

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

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38122 Trento (TN)

Colin Campbell (Contact Author)

Assist Social Capital ( email )

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United Kingdom
+447725211834 (Phone)


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