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Biosphere Reserves as a Tool for Coastal and Island Management in the South-East Pacific Region (BRESEP)

Meetings

The three-year project was launched in December 2014 with an event that gathered representatives from all participating countries in the city of Castro, on Chiloé Island, Chile. At the meeting the participants discussed and established the main objectives and activities necessary to initiate the project. Subsequent meetings took place in Lima, Peru (July 2015), Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador (November 2015) during the Fourth World Congress of Biosphere Reserves (Lima, Peru, March 2016), and in Bogota, Colombia (June 2016), to discuss the progress made and various challenges in each country.

The Project is financed by the Flemish Government (Belgium).

Kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting of the project ‘Biosphere Reserves as a Tool for Coastal and Island Management in the South-East Pacific Region (BRESEP)’ took place in Castro, Chiloe Island in Chile from 10 to 12 December 2014

The meeting was organized by the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF).

The opening ceremony was attended by the intendant of the Region of Los Lagos, Nofal Abud, the provincial governor, Pedro Bahamondez; the regional secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Pamela Bertin; the Mayor of the city of Castro, Nelson Aguila; and different national and international participants from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.

The second day of the meeting the representatives of the five countries presented the situation of biosphere reserves in coastal areas and islands in their countries. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) presented the project ‘Southeast Pacific data and information network in support to integrated coastal area management’ (SPINCAM) as a tool for the BRESEP project. In addition, the creation and extension of new biosphere reserves were discussed, and a short and long-term work plan was defined. The meeting ended with a visit to the Chiloé National Park, characterized by numerous endemic subspecies of wildlife, diversity of birds and mammals, evergreen vegetation and the presence of Fitzroya cupressoides, declared a Natural Monument in 1976.

Note: All presentations are in Spanish

Agenda

Results of the meeting

2nd meeting

The 2nd meeting of the project ‘Biosphere Reserves as a Tool for Coastal and Island Management in the South-East Pacific Region (BRESEP)’ took place in Lima, Peru from 1 to 3 July 2015.

The meeting was organized by the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State.

At the meeting the five participating countries (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru) presented progress made since December 2014 and short and long-term initiatives and activities identified within the framework of this project. Chile will focus its efforts on the extension of the Juan Fernandez Biosphere Reserve and will assess the possibility of creating a new biosphere reserve on the Island of Chiloé. Peru will work to extend the Noreste Biosphere Reserve to include the mangroves of Tumbes. Ecuador will focus on the management plan of the Archipielago de Colon Biosphere Reserve and explore the possibility of establishing a new biosphere reserve in the Gulf of Guayaquil. Colombia will explore the possibilities of establishing a biosphere reserve in the Pacific coast and Panama will concentrate on the extension of the Darien Biosphere Reserve to cover a marine and coastal area.

The five countries agreed to meet again in Ecuador in November 2015. A side event on coastal and marine biosphere reserves will be organized at the World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, due to take place in March 2016 in Lima, Peru.

Note: All presentations are in Spanish

Third meeting

At the meeting four of the five participating countries (Chile, Ecuador, Panama and Peru) presented progress made since July 2015 and short and long-term initiatives and activities identified within the framework of this project. The representative of Colombia was not able to attend the meeting as he did not get the presidential permit for his mission on time. Chile was working on the extension of the Juan Fernandez Biosphere Reserve to its marine area and will assess the possibility of creating a new biosphere reserve on the Island of Chiloé.

Peru submitted to MAB the extension of the Noreste Biosphere Reserve to include the mangroves of Tumbes. Ecuador was working on the extension of the Archipielago de Colon Biosphere Reserve (Galapagos) to its marine area and on the management plan of the Biosphere Reserve. The country was also working on the establishment of a new biosphere reserve in the Gulf of Guayaquil. Panama was working on the extension of the Darien Biosphere Reserve to cover a marine and coastal area. The country will organize meetings with the community as well as educational projects in the area.

During the meeting, the participants discussed the organization of a side event on coastal and marine biosphere reserves that would take place at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, from 14 to 17 March 2016 in Lima, Peru. At the meeting a field trip was organized to the North Seymour Island where representatives of the Galapagos National Park explained the different management actions related to tourism, environmental monitoring, census of native and endemic species, and rodent eradication to ensure that these ecosystems maintain their ecological integrity. A press conference was organized on 27 November in order to present the outcomes of the meeting to the media.

4th meeting

The 4th meeting of the ‘Biosphere Reserves as a Tool for Coastal and Island Management in the South-East Pacific Region (BRESEP)’, took place in Bogota, Colombia from 22 to 24 June 2016.The meeting was organized by the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia.

The five participating countries – Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru – and the representative of the Flemish Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, which is funding this project, participated in the meeting. During the fourth meeting, the countries discussed the various advances in their projects, a twinning project between the Colón Biosphere Reserve (Galapagos) in Ecuador and the Juan Fernan.dez Archipelago in Chile, and the creation of a transboundary biosphere reserve between Ecuador and Peru – due to become the second transboundary reserve in Latin America.

Workshop

 

5th meeting

The fifth meeting of the BRESEP project was held in Panama City on 14 and 15 November 2016 and was organized by the MAB Programme and the Ministry of Environment of Panama (MiAmbiete)

The participants included: the Representative of the Government of Flanders, Mr Gert Verreet; the Director of the National System of Protected Areas, Ing. Antonella Finis; the Director-General of the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama, Ing. Zuleyka Pinzón; the Director of the Department of Coasts and Seas from the Ministry of the Environment of Panama, Lic. Ricardo De Ycaza; the focal points of the BRESEP Project in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru; representatives of the Darién and La Amistad Biosphere Reserves; representatives of NGOs (WWF, Conservation International, Fundación Mar Viva); the Programme Specialist of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and SPINCAM coordinator, Mr Alejandro Iglesias; and representatives of the MAB Programme Secretariat. At the meeting, country representatives presented their activities, discussed their workplan and analysed problems that arose during implement of their activities. Participants also discussed lessons learned during the ‘Seminar on sustainable development in biosphere reserves: sources of project finance in the IberoMAB Network’, and potential avenues of new funding to continue their activities once the BRESEP project has finished. A field trip was organized to the Panama Canal where the Ministry of Environment presented the management plan of the area.