Mission to Tallinn, West-Estonian Archipelago, Estonia (3 – 7 June 2013)

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A mission to Tallinn and the West-Estonian Archipelago Biosphere in Estonia was undertaken from 3 to 7 June 2013 to organize the 3rd meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. Around 100 national and international participants from different biosphere reserves attended the meeting from Brazil, Chile, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Estonia, Finland, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Sao Tomé and Principe, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, civil society, universities, research Institutions and ministries.

What was achieved during this mission?

  • The mission produced a statement by the participants and a working plan. The statement explains that the Network of World Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves is suitable for research on climate change, through which sustainable development can be achieved via continuous and active dialogue among scientists, researchers and local residents.
  • With regard to the activities of the network, the Island of Jeju (Republic of Korea) has signed an agreement with UNESCO to provide US$500 000 and has so far given US$100 000 as the first annual installment of this support. Menorca is planning to provide €40,000 for the project, €30,000 of which has already been secured for the technical secretariat on the island.
  • The 4th meeting of the network will be held in Palawan, Philippines, in 2014. UNESCO and the Secretariats of Jeju and Menorca will actively promote participation among island and coastal biosphere reserves.
  • The Jeju Secretariat with the support of Menorca will publish the information and experiences presented in this meeting in book form.
  • A joint research project on climate change will be developed and implemented by the Jeju Island and Menorca Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO. A training workshop on climate change is also planned in Jeju Island.

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