Strengthening capacities for a sustainable future in the Black Sea and Caucasus countries

When, local time: 
Monday, 19 May 2014 - 9:00am to Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Republic of Moldova, Chisinau
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Contact: 
Marie Prchalova at m.prchalova@unesco.org

This subregional workshop will focus on “Strengthening capacities for a sustainable future in the Black Sea and Caucasus countries: support to the establishment of biosphere reserves as model sites for sustainable development and key tools for transboundary cooperation and the co-management of shared ecosystems”. It will include an ad-hoc meeting and consultations to progress on the establishment of the first biosphere reserve (BR) in the Republic of Moldova.

The objectives of the workshop are

to convene a meeting of key actors, experts and stakeholders involved in BRs activities from the subregions concerned and to enable them to strengthen capacities through experience, knowledge, lessons learnt and best practices exchange in BRs management and transboundary processes;

to share case studies from different BRs - including cases on processes leading to the establishment of a BR; to familiarize with key EuroMAB 2013 outcomes and the on-the-ground follow-up - including a discussion on the contributions to the MAB Strategy beyond 2014;

to discuss the UNESCO Venice Office’s strategic approach in Environment and Sustainable Development and to outline potential interventions at local, national and transboundary levels;

to hold an ad-hoc meeting and consultations to progress on an establishment of a first BR in the Republic of Moldova - including a meeting with key stakeholders;

and, 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.