Natural systems are suffering more and more from the increasing pressure of urbanization. Indeed, higher concentrations of people require more space and water than smaller populations. However, to meet the needs of human communities, natural systems on which they depend must be preserved. Protected areas are a common and effective strategy, although this can be particularly complex in urban areas.
For four years (2012-2015), UNPEC, an interdisciplinary program, conducts researches on Cape Town, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio and their urban parks. In this context, the interdependence between humans and nature may seem obvious, but often, managements of parks and cities are independent activities. UNPEC will seek to understand the implications and consequences of these dynamics.