Transboundary Biosphere Reserves in Europe: Instruments, Methods and Governance
In 2004, an international conference followed by an expert workshop took place in the German part of the TBR Pfälzerwald/Vosges du Nord, in Fischback and Edesheim. Ten years later, there is a need to assess the situation and progress achieved with the TBR approach and its development in Europe, as well as lessons learned, and to extend the approach outside the UNESCO/MAB area.
The meeting in Goersdof will focus on: (i) strengthening the everyday management and governance in TBR and involving local people in transboundary sustainable development projects; (ii) enhancing institutional and funding mechanism in TBR; (iii) promoting TBR, improving their visibility and recognition/acknowledgement by authorities at regional, national and international levels, including the EU; and, (iv) promoting TBR as a tool for cooperation in Europe.
Expected participants include: managers/representatives of TBR in Europe; representatives of transboundary European sites; representatives of UNESCO National Commissions and MAB National Committees; Representatives of the European Union, other cooperation programmes and Conventions in Europe; representatives of IUCN, WWF, Europarc federation, Europarc D/F; UNESCO representatives; and, key stakeholders of Pfalzewald-Vosges du Nord TBR.