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IMC Session - ID77: UNESCO MAB World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves

14/09/2022 16:00 17:30

Conferences 2022

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University of Innsbruck
  • Connecting science, practice, and policy within model areas for sustainable development. This session is being convened as part of the International Mountain Conference 2022. 

UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Biosphere Reserves (BRs) are ideal spaces in which to learn about sustainable development in social-ecological systems, involving local communities and stakeholders in research, planning, and management.

To date, UNESCO has designated 727 BRs; of these, 65% are in mountains. To improve the prospects of supporting sustainable development in these BRs, the UNESCO MAB relaunched its World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves. The Network connects actors working in mountain BRs, including BR managers/coordinators, scientists, universities and research centres, local communities, UN agencies, associations, and NGO’s. To help inform the Network’s activities, this session invites contributions on research being undertaken at mountain BRs that address at least one of the following Network priorities:

  • Citizen science & grassroots innovation
  • Climate change
  • Cross-border cooperation & science diplomacy
  • Cultural values & languages
  • Disaster risk & impact assessments
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Indigenous & local knowledge
  • Sustainable management
  • Water & forest resources

    Abstract submission deadline 16 February 2022. 

    Full Title: UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme’s World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves – connecting science, practice and policy within model areas for sustainable development

    First Author: Paola Fontanella Pisa
  • Co-Authors: James Thornton, Stefan Schneiderbauer, Carolina Adler, Maria Cardenas, Martin Price, Thomas Schaaf, Günter Köck and Sebastian Boret Penmellen
  • Assigned Synthesis Workshop: 4. Social innovation and community resource management

     Keywords: Global change, mountains, social-ecological systems, science-policy, biosphere reserves, sustainable development, UNESCO

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This session is taking place as part of the IMC2022. Discover other IMC2022 sessions being held by representatives of the MRI here.


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