Maria del Carmen Romera-Puga

Maria del Carmen Romera-Puga


I am a social-environmental scientist interested in commons, community conserved areas, participatory governance, natural protected areas and political ecology issues in the Mediterranean context. I am currently a PhD Researcher, holder of an FI grant associated with the LASEG, under the supervision of Dr Pablo Domínguez and Dr Roser Maneja, working on ICCAs and Biosphere Reserves in Morocco.

I hold an MSc in Ecological Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), a postgraduate degree on Climate Change from the University of Salamanca and FLACSO España, and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Almería (UAL).

My research looks at the interface between global and local approaches to sustainable land management in the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve in Morocco. I focus on Agdals (rural commons and ICCAs in Morocco) as a bottom-up approach related also to traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). On the other hand, I take Unesco’s Biosphere Reserves as an example of a top-down approach to sustainable land management, aiming to understand and characterize the main drivers, actors, etc. influencing the interface.


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