25.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Transboundary cooperation for conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and water ecosystems

©Gumerov Ildar - Old cathedral of Kaliningrad

The Non-profit Partnership “Biosphere Reserves of Eurasia” in close cooperation with the Russian MAB Committee and with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), organized and conducted the sub-regional MAB/IHP seminar on “Transboundary cooperation for conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and water ecosystems: towards creating the model region for a green economy at the Baltic Sea coastal area”.

The event, held in Kaliningrad (Russian Federation) on 23-24 October 2012 within the 9th Russian-German Days on Ecology, was organized within the overall framework of UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme, with a view to promote thematic, regional, sub-regional, national and local networks for delivery of outcomes as well as for innovating new and green linkages between economy, society and the environment.

The goal was to convene a meeting of high level experts in transboundary cooperation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of land and water resources. The objectives were: to share information, experience, lessons learnt and best practices - in particular of the Russian Federation, Poland and Baltic States (and other states of the region) in biosphere reserves management to address current emerging challenges including introductions of innovative/green technologies in sustainable management of natural resources; to strengthen cooperation between MAB and IHP with a particular emphasis on bordering territories where transboundary water and associated ecosystems can be affected by unsustainable development due to different management approaches; to achieve several agreements on different aspects of transboundary cooperation of three countries involved including a preparation of the joint nomination forms for TBRs and Ramsar sites; and, to facilitate and catalyze a draft of the Strategy and Action Plan for establishing other Model Regions for a Green Economy as follow-ups of the Summit “Rio+20”.

The seminar contributes to UNESCO’s focus to develop with member States a platform for cooperative actions and capacity-building, in particular in a transboundary context, for the promotion of sustainable development.

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