07.07.2014 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Meeting on mutual cooperation between Researchers and Protected Areas

Biosphere Reserves and protected areas are places that seek to reconcile conservation of biological and cultural diversity and economic and social development through partnerships between people and nature, they are ideal to test and demonstrate innovative approaches to sustainable development from local to international scales.

UNESCO through its Natural Science and within the framework of Ecological Science organized an expert meeting for universities’ researchers and protected areas managers.

The aim of this meeting is explore possible cooperation between the two and be able to use protected areas and biosphere reserves as learning places for equitable and sustainable development and for strengthening climate change mitigation and adaptation.

In practice, this meeting introduced the different protected areas and biosphere reserves, their management plan as well as their research priorities. In addition, it was a unique opportunity for universities to get engage in those priorities and advise on ways and means to assist in achieving.

Arz El Chouf, Bentael, Horsh Ehden, Jabal Moussa, Palm Islands, Shnaniir, Tannourine, Tyre Coast, and Wadi AlHujeir were the Natural reserves present. While for the universities, there was Balamand, USJ, USEK, Lebanese university, and Lebanese American University.

The outcome of the meeting was a recommendation to share more information from both groups and come up with a plan of action under UNESCO’s umbrella to strengthen the linkage and cooperation between universities/research institutions and protected areas. 

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