21.11.2018 - Natural Sciences Sector

Ibero-American Biosphere Reserves met to discuss strategies on disaster risk reduction

Participants to the seminar 'Risk management of natural hazards in the in Ibero-American and Caribbean region: protected natural spaces as areas of action'. It took place in Akumal, Mexico, from November 6 to 9th 2018. ©UNESCO

Over 40 participants from 17 countries and 15 Biosphere Reserves attended the seminar “Risk management of natural hazards in the in Ibero-American and Caribbean region: protected natural spaces as areas of action”. It took place in Akumal, Mexico, from November 6 to 9th 2018.

The seminar was organized in the context of the Latin American & Caribbean Network of National Committees and Biosphere Reserves (IberoMAB). It was sponsored by Spain’s Autonomous Organism of National Parks (OAPN), the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) and UNESCO’s Man & the Biosphere Program (MAB), through the BRESEP Project, funded by the Government of Flanders of the Kingdom of Belgium.

IberoMAB National Committee members and focal points attended the event, along with managers of the Latin American and Caribbean Biosphere Reserves and other stakeholders involved in its administration.

The seminar aimed to provide support in the management of Ibero-American and Caribbean Biosphere Reserves through prevention, management and the reduction of major risks in the region. During the 4-day event, the participants had an opportunity to share best practices, experiences and challenges related to a wide range of threats, such as forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, droughts, landslides, yellow fever, depopulation, and others.

Besides, participants analyzed the role of conservation and ecosystem management in creating resilient Biosphere Reserves that are able to adapt to climate changes.

Created in 1992, the goal of IberoMAB Network is to strengthen, boost and disseminate the MAB Program and the Biosphere Reserves of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. It currently includes 23 countries and 190 Biosphere Reserves.

As one of the Network’s promoters, Spain’s Autonomous Organism of National Parks, together with the Network’s Presidency (Mexico) and UNESCO’s MAB Program organize on a regular basis the Meeting of the IberoMAB Network, as well as capacity-building technical seminars for the region Biosphere Reserves.




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