The Commander Islands Reserve shared the experience of scientific research during the VIII Meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves within UNESCO MAB Programme. The meeting took place on May 22-26 on Menorca Island in Spain.
Our specialist Anastasia Barsukova presented a report on the scientific activity of the reserve and recent successes in the field.
Experts were interested to know more about our experience in scientific research and monitoring, composition of the team and methods. There is a practice of inviting specialists for scientific projects from other organizations and not having a Scientific Department. We were surprised to know that some biosphere reserves are not governmentally funded and sometimes have a very small team.
Director of Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences and Secretary of Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme Miguel Clusener-Godt proposed us to house a small group of delegates in the Commander Islands Reserve to share experience.
The materials shared during the meeting will be collected together and distributed among the participants of the network.
The meeting gathered participants from 33 countries of the world. Together with experience exchange the delegates took part in workshops on legislation, branding strategies, adaptation and mitigation of climate change and other practical issues.
The Meeting was 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 network was established in 2009 and is governed by cooperation of two secretariats – in Jeiju BR (climate change issues) and Menorca (sustainable development). Today there are 669 BRs in 120 countries, though the numbers are quick to change.