International Workshop on Biosphere Reserves, the Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Contribution to Rio + 20 agenda items
On 27-29 November 2011, the International Workshop on Biosphere Reserves, the Green Economy and Sustainable Development was held at Yixing city, China, as one of the parallel sessions of SCOPE-ZHONGYU Environmental Forum (2011).
The workshop focused on the discussion of two Rio+20 themes: green economy for poverty eradication in the context of sustainable development and institutional arrangements for sustainable development. Participants were: biosphere reserve managers, experts from UNU, SCOPE, Remin University, the Development Research Center of China’s State Council, the China MAB Committee, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the private sector, namely Shell (China) and Chinese Commercial Bank. Case reports related to two Rio+20 themes were presented by biosphere reserve managers from Australia, China, Columbia, Germany and Indonesia. Chinese reports focused on manager’s understanding of the green economy in biosphere reserves and their views on how institutional arrangements in biosphere reserves can facilitate sustainable development. During the round table discussion, experts and managers shared their views on Rio+20 and the management of biosphere reserves.
The main points for MAB Secretariat follow-up were summarized, including the next steps towards Rio+20 for biosphere reserves as spaces for green societies and social innovation. Both Rio+20 agenda items – green economy for poverty eradication in the context of sustainable development and institutional arrangements for sustainable development – could benefit by using biosphere reserves as priority research and learning sites. Biosphere reserves can be places where the seeds of green societies are stimulated, guided and promoted.