Promoting Green Economies in Biosphere Reserves
Experts, managers and entrepreneurs from Biosphere Reserves and other UNESCO sites met on 14-16 December in Shanghai, China, to discuss biodiversity conservation, green economies and sustainable development in the framework of the Biosphere Integrated Rural Urbanization Programme (BIRUP). The 3-day workshop, entitled “MAB-BIRUP Workshop: Promoting Green Economies in Biosphere Reserves Through Certification, Labelling and Branding Schemes”, was organized by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), CHIC Group and the UNESCO Beijing Office.
Gathering 39 participants from 14 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, the MAB-BIRUP Workshop served as a platform for Biosphere Reserve experts, site managers, as well as public and private partner organizations including certification bodies and NGOs.
Participants shared information, knowledge and experience over three half-day sessions of presentations and discussion.During a concluding discussion held on 15 December, the participants agreed on a series of statements and recommendations relating to the topic of the workshop.
In conclusion, the participants took note that the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme must be a world-wide movement, led by people on the ground in their biosphere reserves. UNESCO is able to provide a facility to enable the programme and its activities. However, leadership must come from the global MAB community.
This workshop has represented one discussion among many that will contribute to an understanding of green economies in biosphere reserves. Many other parallel discussions will contribute to the programme in the months and years to come. Such discussions are required in the fields of ecosystem rehabilitation, biodiversity conservation for peace, industrial development and more.
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