Today the 4th World Conference for Biosphere Reserves on ‘A new vision for the Decade 2016-2025 – UNESCO Biosphere Reserves for Sustainable Development’ starts in Lima, Peru.
At this four day event Colin Campbell, the executive director of Assist Social Capital (ASC), will be hosting the official workshop on ‘Economics in and around Biosphere Reserves’. Colin’s involvement in the workshop came as direct outcome of the work ASC is doing on the role and opportunities of Social Enterprise in Biosphere Reserves towards sustainable economic development – specifically from the international conference hosted in October last year 2015. Previously, ASC also has developed a Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Development Framework.
We will also be launching our new online platform OASIIS during the workshop on Wednesday on ‘Opening Access for Sustainable Independent Income Streams’. (Look out for more information on the day)
About the WCBR
At the conference UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and representatives from all over the world who work directly in and with Biosphere Reserves including from the biosphere reserves, government, community members and other related organisations/ institutions will address
- A post-2015 Development Agenda for Biosphere Reserves
- Issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Discuss progress & challenges related to Biosphere Reserves issues
- Develop a new Vision for the future
The congress will also discuss topics around sustainable economic development, the economic viability of nature conservation systems as well as the protection and sustainable use of natural resources amongst others.