Ecosystems protection and introduction of green economy principles in Biosphere Reserves of the Volga river basin
The MAB/IHP seminar “Ecosystems protection and introduction of green economy principles in Biosphere Reserves of the Volga river basin” will be held on 14-15 May 2014 in Nizniy Novgorod, Russian Federation, within the frame of the 16th International Scientific and Industrial Forum "Great Rivers" (13-16 May 2014).
The seminar on Biosphere Reserves (BRs) of the Volga river basin will be the fifth event of the “Living Volga” UNESCO/Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia partnership programme devoted to UNESCO BRs of the Volga river basin traditionally held within the International scientific-industrial forum “Great Rivers” in Nizhniy Novgorod.
The “Living Volga” partnership programme established by the UNESCO Moscow Office contributes to assisting the achievement of UNESCO’s goals focused on water and associated ecosystems. The programme matches one of the priorities of the UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector, namely promoting the sustainable management and conservation of freshwater, terrestrial resources and biodiversity. Further, it is of special importance within the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” (2005-2015) and the UN Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” (2005-2014).
Since 2012, Natural Sciences Programme activities have been delegated to the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy). Considering the current strategic approach of this Office in performing several joint interventions, the current seminar offers an excellent opportunity to implement on-the-ground activities with an enhanced impact, not only at the basin level but also at a subregional one.
The workshop will gather key actors, experts and stakeholders involved in BRs activities from the Volga river basin. It will enable them to achieve several agreements on different aspects of cooperation within the Volga river basin and outline steps forward to catalyze the introduction of green economy principles.
The results of the seminar shall serve in the future as catalysts to prepare a draft Strategy and Action Plan towards the establishment of other Model Regions for a Green Economy to follow-up on the Summit “Rio+20”. Special attention shall be also given to key elements of the New Strategy for MAB and the World Network of BRs (2014-2021) which is an important task for the Russian Federation and other states.
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Considering a current effort to strengthen a role of BRs in bridging sustainable development processes, green economies and ecosystem services and, following-up on outcomes of recent interventions in these regards – at national, transboundary, sub-regional/regional and international levels (including subregional transboundary workshops and EuroMAB meetings and outlined strategies) -, the MAB/IHP seminar “Ecosystems protection and introduction of green economy principles in Biosphere Reserves of the Volga river basin” is an important contribution and a logical follow-up to be implemented in an integrated way.
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