The Community Enterprises of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Italy: Biodiversity Guardians and Sustainable Development Innovators

16 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2018

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Giovanni Teneggi

Confcooperative Reggio Emilia

Flaviano Zandonai

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Date Written: October 18, 2017

Abstract

The UNESCO recently designated the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano as a biosphere reserve (BR) in 2015. On the reserve territory, it is possible to rediscover the constitutive elements of this environmental, socioeconomic and historical-cultural space. In particular, the existence of different stratifications of social entrepreneurship represents a valuable element that the biosphere is expected to enhance and spread to other territories. In addition to consolidated social economy experiences, some organisational innovations, such as community enterprises, are in fact developing. Originating from processes of social resilience, these enterprises contribute to redefining the supply of collective interest services, by basing themselves on the regeneration of economies and place-based resources and by challenging the territorial governance models in terms of greater inclusivity.

Keywords: Biosphere reserve, Community enterprises, Social resilience, Local development

JEL Classification: Q01; L31; L38

Suggested Citation

Teneggi, Giovanni and Zandonai, Flaviano, The Community Enterprises of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Italy: Biodiversity Guardians and Sustainable Development Innovators (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. 33-48., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3095544

Giovanni Teneggi

Confcooperative Reggio Emilia ( email )

Largo Marco Gerra, 1
Reggio Emilia RE, 42124
Italy

Flaviano Zandonai (Contact Author)

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE) ( email )

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

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