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Environment Experts and Biosphere managers consultation
Meeting on challenges of Biosphere Reserves in the Arab Region
April 25-27, 2015
Agadir (?)Morocco
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Background:
The Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) is based on the concept that it is possible to achieve
a sustainable balance between the conservation of biological diversity, economic development,
and maintenance of associated cultural values. The validity of this concept is tested, refined,
demonstrated, and implemented in the Biosphere Reserves. A biosphere reserve is an area
proposed by its residents, ratified by a national committee, and designated by UNESCO’s Man
and Biosphere (MAB) program.
The Arab Region Biosphere Reserves are part of an international network (WNBR) and include
many important conservation areas, ecological research sites, and environmental education areas
in the region. The areas are important for developing the data, technology, and experience
needed to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment
and Development that relate to global issues, such as biodiversity, climate change,
desertification, and sustainable development. Locally, an individual BR provides means for
integrating conservation, research and monitoring, education and training, and involving local
populations in conservation and development issues, in an area of outstanding ecological,
scientific, and educational importance.
The WNBR offers an important connection between the global sustainable development agenda
and specific and dynamic national and local contexts. With 2015 approaching, extensive
discussions take place about a new agenda for cooperation based on the post 2015 agenda and
the Sustainable Development Goals
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Objectives of the workshop
The workshop aims to bring together expert in Environmental issues and Biosphere Reserves
Managers to discuss and identify environmental challenges of BRs in the Arab Region. The
experts will assist BR managers in developing best practices and identify solutions for managing
Biosphere Reserves. This will include enhancing capacities of the Managers to test, monitor and
assess the impacts of climate change on the existing ecosystems, and the livelihoods of the local
communities a s well as a possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Arab Region.
Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda and how
BRs in the region could contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs
Environment Experts and Biosphere managers consultation
Meeting on challenges of Biosphere Reserves in the Arab Region
April 25-27, 2015
Agadir (?)Morocco
The themes to be highlighted include: biodiversity; water systems, land use, Green Economy,
Ecotourism, and Ecosystem Services.
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Structure and theme of the workshop
This meeting is planned to be as interactive as possible: participants are strongly encouraged to
exchange views, identifying lessons learnt, case studies and developing best practices pertaining
to the following themes:
 Utilization of BR as model of approaches to support activities that combine climate
change adaptation, with maintenance of the integrity of ecosystems and biodiversity as
well as social development.
 Strengthen the contribution which biosphere reserves make to the implementation of
international agreements promoting conservation and sustainable development, especially
to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other agreements, such as those on climate
change, desertification and forests.
IV.
Profile of the Participants
It is expected that environment specialists (biodiversity, climate change, Remote sensing, water
resources, ecotourism, ecosystem services, and Green Economy) and BR managers and from the
following countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE
and Yemen) will participate in this meeting.
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Expected Results
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Assessed the current situation of the BR’s of participating countries.
Reached a consensus on approaches and principles in implementing BR activities within
the framework of sustainable development
Discussed actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for
contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Environment Experts and Biosphere managers consultation
Meeting on challenges of Biosphere Reserves in the Arab Region
April 25-27, 2015
Agadir (?)Morocco
For information Contact:
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• Dr. Mohamed AL-AAWAH
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Programme Specialist
Ecology &Earth Science Programmes
UNESCO (Cairo) Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States
Tel. (Office): 00-202-2794 -3036/ 1756 (Ext.116)
Fax (Office): 00-202-2794-5296
Mobile: 00-20-1224403034
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