2nd Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves Managers Meeting - MEDITERRANEA2017

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, 7 September 2017 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Spain, Barcelona
Type of Event: 
Category 6-Expert Committee
Contact: 
m.clüsener-godt@unesco.org

This event will focus on sustainable tourism and aims to foster collaboration between the Mediterranean biosphere reserves. It aims to bring together managers of Mediterranean biosphere reserves in order to:

- Strengthen relations between biosphere reserves in the region and establish strong links, networks and cooperation between them, thus promoting joint research, cooperative work and projects about the main socio-environmental issues concerning BR;
- Promote communication, training and environmental education strategies;
- Develop the Biosphere Reserves Documentation Center, conceived as a space for the compilation, query, attention and information exchange in relation with the Biosphere Reserve Network;
- Reinforce links between academia, enterprises and society in order to promote research projects related to the main needs and demands commonly shared by biosphere reserves.

It is organized by the International Centre on Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves, a center under the auspices of UNESCO based in Barcelon, Spain. The center works closely with UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) and serves as a model for scientific cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean while providing an excellent platform of information exchange and sharing on all issues related to biosphere reserves and their sustainable development.

Biosphere reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

Biosphere reserves are ‘Science for Sustainability support sites’ – special places for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity.