COP23 - Launch of the initiative for biosphere reserves as a climate change observatory and sustainable development laboratory in the Arab and African region (AABRI)

The main purpose of the AABRI initiative is to ensure that the biosphere reserves of the Arab and African region present a Climate Change Observatory while grouping models of sustainable development, to constitute a framework of sharing and animation for the stakeholders in sustainable development and observing the impacts of climate change in biosphere reserves. It will allow the sharing of data from different biosphere reserves or other related sources in order to share relevant information and communicate good practices. It will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) in biosphere reserves and elsewhere, through the global diffusion of sustainability models developed in these sustainable territories.

This initiative brings together the efforts of two major UNESCO programmes: the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), as the water sector is at the heart of the initiative. The genesis of the "Biosphere Reserves Initiative as a Climate Change Observatory and Sustainable Development Laboratory in the Arab and African Region, with the water sector at the heart of the initiative", started during the first joint Arab-African meeting IHP- MAB: "First Joint Arab / African IHP and MAB Meeting: Towards COP 22 and SDGs", in Tangier-Morocco from 18 to 20 October 2016 and the "call of Tangier " launched at the COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016 in a side event in the Blue Zone.

The launch of the initiative was agreed at the 2nd MAB PHI Joint Meeting on the Biosphere Reserves Initiative as a Climate Change Observatory and Sustainable Development Laboratory in the Arab and African Region (AABRI) which took place from 17 to 19 October 2017 in Agadir-Morocco. During this second meeting, organized by UNESCO Rabat Office and national partners, the participants from African and Arab countries agreed on the governance mode of the initiative and a 5-year action plan for the first phase.

The launch of the initiative is scheduled for November 14, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Pavilion Maroc - Bonn Zone COP 23.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 14.11.2017 08:30 local time
End 14.11.2017 10:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point UNESCO Rabat
Contact Hassane Belguenani /
Country Germany
City Bonn
Street Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 AABRI - African Arab Biosphere Reserves Initiative
Link 2 Tangier Appeal for Biosphere Reserves as climate change observatories and laboratories for sustainable development in Africa and the Arab States
Link 3 UNESCO at COP23
Link 4