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EuroMAB opens meeting in Estonia to discuss biosphere reserves: from heritage to sustainable innovation

EuroMAB – the largest and oldest of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) networks, which includes European and North American countries – opened its 2015 meeting today in Haapsalu, Estonia. During the five-day meeting countries will discuss key issues around the new MAB Strategy (2015-2025) to be examined at the forthcoming 27th session of the MAB International Coordinating Council to take place in Paris in June 2015.

The participants will also examine the implementation of the MAB Exit Strategy and the preliminary results from the communication and branding EuroMAB project. The contribution of EuroMAB to the preparation of the World Congress of Biosphere Reserves (Lima, March 2016) will also constitute a main topic of discussion during this event.

A number of workshops and projects proposals during the meeting will highlight the feasibility of combining local traditions and practices with business. They will share insights and lessons from social enterprises and encourage cooperation between community-based knowledge and scientific knowledge and research, with a view to discussing ideas and insights such as ‘green care’.