VIII Meeting of the World Network of
Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves
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Welcome to the VIII MEETING OF THE WORLD NETWORK OF ISLAND AND COASTAL BIOSPHERE RESERVES website. This event was held in the island of Menorca from the 22th to the 26th of May 2018.

Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves currently includes more than 60 island or coastal area biosphere reserves, which represents almost 10% of the total biosphere reserves worldwide.

The Network aims to foster sustainable development in islands and coastal areas and to promote adaptation and mitigation strategies on climate change. It is operated by two technical secretariats working together: Island of Jeju (Republic of Korea), which focuses on climate change issues; and Menorca (Spain), dedicated to sustainable development.

Six years after the first international meeting of the Network, held in Menorca in February 2012, Menorca has hosted this meeting once again, with the aim of strengthening coordination among partners and advance in mutual learning and networking.

Organizing entities:

The Meeting has been organized jointly by the MAB UNESCO Secretariat, the Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency, the National Parks Autonomous Agency (OAPN) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Environment of Spain and the Jeju Biosphere Reserve. The Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency has assumed the the logistics of the conference and other operational aspects.

Participants:

More than 60 participants representing 42 biosphere reserves from 32 different countries have attendend the Meeting, as well as the UNESCO MAB Secretariat, the Autonomous Body of National Parks of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Ministry of Spain, the Biosphere Reserve of Jeju and the MaB Committee of South Korea, and the Menorca Biosphere Reserve

Technical workshop:

The Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency has organized a training Workshop for biosphere reserve managers, held on 25-26 of May at the Island Council of Menorca, in the framework of the VIII Meeting.

The workshop sessions focused on the following topics: Indicators systems, Gender perspective, Fisheries, BR Brand, Energy and socio-economic metabolism, Geological heritage, Land stewardship and Marine litter.

 

 
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