German​ ​Biosphere​ ​Reserves​ ​and​ ​Partners Addressing​ ​Climate​ ​Change,​ ​Water​ ​and Sustainability

This side event will present the action of the 16 German UNESCO Biosphere Reserves to address climate change in mitigation and adaptation, and their role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13 and 15. The side event will also present the results of the 18 projects implemented by them with the support of Danone Waters Germany.
Mitigating climate change and using the water resources of our planet sustainably are among the central challenges for sustainable development today, as captured in SDG 6 - Ensure access to water and sanitation for all, and SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate change has massive impacts on the water system, not only in the Global South and arid regions of the globe, but also in Central Europe. Managing water resources sustainably and protecting water quality is crucial for human beings and society.

UNESCO is a key organization in the field of freshwater research, management and training. Among UNESCO’s key assets are the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Biosphere Reserves as model regions for sustainable development. Established under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, Biosphere Reserves are particularly appropriate places to test, evaluate and implement innovative strategies in freshwater.

In order to facilitate new approaches and also in order to mobilize financial resources, the German UNESCO Biosphere Reserves have several partnerships with the private sector, with a particularly longstanding partnership with Danone Waters Germany.

- Ms​ ​Flavia​ ​Schlegel, Assistant Director-General, Natural Sciences, UNESCO
- Mr​ ​Lutz​ ​Möller, Deputy Secretary-General, German Commission for UNESCO
- Ms​ ​Nadine​ ​Küster, General Secretary, Danone Germany, Austria & Switzerland
- Mr​ ​Gerhard​ ​Mörsch, Director, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau, Germany


Type of Event Special Event
Start 15.11.2017 14:00 local time
End 15.11.2017 15:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Schlegel, Flavia
Country Germany
City Bonn
Street Bonn zone COP 23
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 40
Official Website Programme (pdf)
Link 1 UNESCO at COP23
Link 2 UNESCO Thematic Day during COP23
Link 3 Biosphere Reserves
Link 4