Biosphere reserves managers meet in Jeju island for the 4th UNESCO Training Course on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves
Biosphere reserve managers from 10 reserves (Tonle Sap in Cambodia, Archipelago of Juan Fernandez in Chile, Baa Atoll in Maldives, Jeju island in the Republic of Korea, Palawan in the Philippines, Fajãs de São Jorge in Portugal, Príncipe Island in São Tomé and Príncipe, Gouritz Cluster in South Africa, Jozani-Chwaka Bay in Tanzania and the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom) met on the island of Jeju from 28 September to 1 October 2016 to participate in the 4th UNESCO Training Course for Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserve Managers. Representatives also attended from the Haitian and South Korean MAB committee, the Asian Climate Change Education Centre and UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.
Organized by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the MAB Programme, this training course aimed to provide biosphere reserve managers with an opportunity to share experiences and build capacities for climate change adaption and achieving sustainable development.
During the training course, participants discussed management policy and land-use planning, climate change impacts on island and coastal regions and related good practices, ecotourism and eco-education programmes, and biosphere reserves products and services.
This training course is an activity of the World Network of Island Biosphere Reserves, which was established in 2012 and aims to study, implement, and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
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