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Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves meet in Palawan, Philippines, to discuss main challenges and threats

Organized by the Man and the Biosphere Programme, the Palawan Centre for Sustainable Development, Jeju Island biosphere reserve and Menorca biosphere reserve the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves is taking place in the Palawan biosphere reserve in the Philippines from 16 to 21 June 2014.

The meeting brings together representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves from Australia, Chile, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Yemen to discuss the main challenges and threats facing these areas ‐ climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; natural disasters and waste management ‐ and to share experiences and potential solutions.

The Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves was created at the 21st Session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme in 2009. This Network aims to realize the potential of biosphere reserves in addressing climate change, particularly as places for learning about sustainable development and also for experimenting on mitigation and adaptation measures on climate change.