UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: Theory and Practice

When :

from Monday 2 September, 2019
to Saturday 7 September, 2019

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Katon-Karagay biosphere reservate, Bokeev str. 115, Katon-Karagay village, Katon-Karagay oblast, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Contact :

Ms. Natalya Kim, +77757648667

On 2-6 September the UNESCO Office in Almaty in cooperation with the Katon-Karagay Biosphere Reserve in Kazakhstan, and with contribution from the MAB National Committee of Russia, organizes a summer school in the East Kazakhstan region, where young professionals from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russian Federation will participate.

The summer school, entitled “UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: Theory and Practice” aims to bring together young participants from existing and future biosphere reserves in Central Asia and Russia to exchange their experiences in managing biosphere reserves and protected areas in their countries, with a goal to foster cross-border cooperation in the field of conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development. The participants will have an opportunity to listen to a number of presentations by UNESCO, MAB experts, biosphere reserve managers, as well as share their own experiences. They will have training sessions, as well as field visits in order to acquire better knowledge on the actual functions and principles of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

In parallel, in order to popularize biosphere reserves, a seminar for bloggers and journalists from Kazakhstan, will be organized. They will have a chance to familiarize themselves with various UNESCO site designations which exist in Kazakhstan, to acquire more in depth knowledge about the biosphere reserves specifically and enhance their skills in conveying the stories on these sites.

It must be noted that Katon-Kargay biosphere reserve in Kazakhstan together with Katunskiy biosphere reserve in Russia forms the Great Altay Tranboundary Biosphere Reserve – the only transnational biosphere reserve from the World Network of Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in Asia region. UNESCO biosphere reserves are learning sites for sustainable development that can also contribute to peace-building, especially across borders through the designation of transboundary sites. As transboundary biosphere reserves require two or more countries to apply together, they represent commitment and cooperation among countries for the conservation of biodiversity. UNESCO welcomes nominations of such transnational designations.

The event contributes to the project “Promoting Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan through UNESCO Sites” funded by the Government of Kazakhstan and implemented by UNESCO office in Almaty.