Workshop on Biosphere Reserves and Peace

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are learning sites for sustainable development that can also contribute to peace-building, especially across borders through the designation of transboundary sites. As transboundary Biosphere Reserves require two or more countries to apply together, they represent commitment and cooperation among countries for the conservation of biodiversity.

At the 30th session of the International Coordinating Council on the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC), held in Palembang, Indonesia in July 2018, Suncheon in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Mount Kumgang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) were added together to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

This simultaneous designation of biosphere reserves is expected to contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula, and to encourage cooperation between the two Koreas under a shared vision of sustainable development and peace.

The Biosphere Reserves and Peace Workshop will be held to raise awareness of the significant role of Biosphere Reserves in promoting peace through transboundary cooperation on biodiversity conservation between neighboring countries. Through the sharing of good practices, the workshop will explore the ways to improve management of Biosphere Reserves so that they can contribute effectively to sustainable development and peace.
It is organized dring the 31st Session of the MAB-ICC

• English, French and Spanish (simultaneous translation will be provided.)

Provisional programme

13:00-15:00 Exhibition of photos (Korean biosphere reserves)

15:00-15:15 Opening Ceremony
- Remarks from the Republic of Korea
- Remarks from the ADG for Natural Sciences, UNESCO (TBC)
- Group Photo

15:15-15:25 Presentation 1:
The role of biosphere reserves as a catalyst for peacebuilding
- Dr. Miguel Clüsener-Godt,
Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO
Secretary of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme

15:25-15:35 Presentation 2:
Peacebuilding through cooperation for biodiversity conservation at the Bosques de Paz Biosphere Reserve (Peru-Ecuador)
- Dr. Pedro Gamboa Moquillaza,
Director, National Service of Natural Protected Areas Peru (SERNANP)

15:35-15:50 Presentation 3:
Experiences in international cooperation and understanding at the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean (Morocco-Spain)
- Morocco: Mr. Abdelaziz Hajjaji,
High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification, Regional Director
- Spain: Mr. Felipe Oliveros Pruaño,
Biologist of the Junta de Andalucia and Substitute Manager for the Mediterranean Biosphere Reserve

15:50-16:00 Presentation 4:
Activities for peace in Korean Biosphere Reserves: focusing on Jeju Island, Yeoncheon Imjin River, and Gangwon Eco-Peace Biosphere Reserves
- Dr. Cho Do-Soon,
Co-chairperson, MAB National Committee of the Republic of Korea

16:00-16:15 Q&A Session

• The Republic of Korea and UNESCO

• Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU)
• MAB National Committee of the Republic of Korea
• UNESCO MAB Secretariat

With the support of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Environment


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 20.06.2019 14:45 local time
End 20.06.2019 16:15 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Cardenas, Maria Rosa
Organizer The Republic of Korea and UNESCO
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO House
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room II
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Biosphere Reserves
Link 2 MAB programme
Link 3 31st MAB-ICC
Link 4