Cooperation across borders as a stepping stone to establish and properly manage Transboundary Biosphere Reserves
The sub-regional workshop entitled “Transboundary cooperation as a stepping stone to establish and properly manage Transboundary Biosphere Reserves (TBRs) and a bridge to sustainable development processes and greening economies – a follow-up to the EuroMAB 2013” will take place in Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve, Belarus, from 6 to 8 December 2013.
The workshop is organized by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), and conducted by the Non-profit Partnership “Biosphere Reserves of Eurasia” in cooperation with Berezinskiy Biosphere Reserve. It is a follow up to the TBR workshop on ‘Transboundary Biosphere Reserves: Towards More Effective Management of Shared Ecosystems and Sustainable Development of Bordering Territories’ held on 17 October 2013 in Frontenac Arch Biosphere, Canada, within the 2013 EuroMAB Network Meeting - which aimed to enhance the capacity of EuroMAB countries to establish and manage their biosphere reserves, particularly transboundary ones, and to look at the transboundary potential within the EuroMAB network through innovative approaches to conservation and sustainable development.
The wokshop in Belarus will gather key actors and experts involved in Biosphere Reserves (BRs) activities from the subregion - in particular, from the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine. The aim is firstly to enable them to share information, experience, lessons learnt and best practices in biosphere reserves management and transboundary processes as discussed during EuroMAB 2013 and, in particular, during its TBR workshop and analyze their outcomes to be applied accordingly; and, secondly, to strengthen transboundary cooperation with a particular emphasis on bordering territories where transboundary water and associated ecosystems can be affected by unsustainable development due to different management approaches.
The workshop shall finally contribute to a formulation of a joint sub-regional strategy to be a part of the EuroMAB strategic approach in the upcoming years within the overall The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) strategy. As BRs are important sites for testing green economy initiatives for sustainable development, an identification of good practices in these initiatives and relevant capacity-building needs will be an important part of the workshop.
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