M4 – Lesson #5 Thinking outside the borders: the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve

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Mchich Derrak and Águeda Villa Díaz, RBIM

Mchich Derrak is a Moroccan forestry engineer who has been working since 2003 at the Regional Directorate of Water and Forests and the Fight Against Desertification of the Rif (Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco) in Tetouan. In 2011, he obtained his Master’s degree in Science in Integrated Planning for Rural Development and Environmental Management from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain. In 2017, he obtained his PhD in Ecology jointly from the University of Tetouan and the University of Alicante in Spain. He has participated in several projects on natural resource management in general and on participatory forest restoration in particular.

Águeda Villa Díaz has a degree in Geography and History (University of Seville) and a PhD in History and Humanistic Studies: Europe, America, Arts and Languages (University Pablo de Olavide). She develops her professional activity in projects and technical studies of planning, natural heritage and culture, sustainable development and landscape. Since 2000 she has been working as an external technical advisor for the Committee of Biosphere Reserves of Andalusia. As a teacher, she is an associate professor at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide and participates in masters and courses on heritage, land management, sustainability and landscape.


This capsule presents the case of the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve (RBIM), a territory that goes beyond the national borders since it is ‘shared’ between Southern Spain and Northern Morocco. Two Biosphere Reserve managers, from the two different shores of the Western Mediterranean, will tell us how the RBIM is a virtuous case of international collaboration in the frame of the MaB program. 


Reading and analysis of the last part (pages 38-80) of the RBIM Activity Report 2006-2011 [PDF Spanish version] [PDF French version].

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