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Strengthening capacities for a sustainable future in the Black Sea and Caucasus countries



The subregional workshop “Strengthening capacities for a sustainable future in the Black Sea and Caucasus countries: support to the establishment of biosphere reserves as model sites for sustainable development and key tools for transboundary cooperation and the co-management of shared ecosystems” has been announced. The event will be held from 19 to 22 May 2014 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

The workshop, organized with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), will include an ad-hoc meeting and consultations to progress on the establishment of the first biosphere reserve (BR) in the Republic of Moldova.

The objectives of the workshop are to convene a meeting of key actors, experts and stakeholders involved in BRs activities from the subregions concerned and to enable them to strengthen capacities through experience, knowledge, lessons learnt and best practices exchange in biosphere reserves management and transboundary processes; to share case studies from different BRs - including cases on processes leading to the establishment of a BR; to familiarize with key EuroMAB 2013 outcomes and the on-the-ground follow-up - including a discussion on the contributions to the MAB Strategy beyond 2014; to discuss the UNESCO Venice Office’s strategic approach in Environment and Sustainable Development and to outline potential interventions at local, national and transboundary levels; to hold an ad-hoc meeting and consultations to progress on an establishment of a first BR in the Republic of Moldova - including a meeting with key stakeholders; and, to strengthen transboundary cooperation with a particular emphasis on bordering territories where transboundary water and associated ecosystems can be affected by unsustainable development due to different management approaches.

The project will generate results that will contribute to: enhancing professional and institutional capacities in the Black Sea and Caucasus countries; reinforcing the capacity of MAB national bodies and BR managers to lead the programme and share lessons learned in their respective countries;  strengthening the cross-sectoral and transboundary cooperation and sustainable development of territories concerned; establishing demonstration sites for Sustainable Development (SD) and reinforcing existing BRs in compliance with the Seville Strategy, and thus their impact inside and around these territories; and, catalyzing steps to develop transboundary cooperation strategies in identified sub-regions including actions plans and funding opportunities.