MAB ICC 26 – Sweden

This Post-ICC event from 15 – 17 June 2014, in Lake Vänern Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, was designed for those who are actively working with social enterprise in biosphere reserves (BRs) and for those who are interested to know more.

This workshop focused on biosphere reserves as vehicles for social enterprise development and how to use BRs as platforms for other organisations to become less grant dependent and how to promote BRs as developmental arenas for social entrepreneurs.

This event was a continuation of workshops held during EuroMAB 2011 in Sweden and during EuroMAB 2013 in Canada where the Social Enterprise & Biosphere Reserve Developmental Framework, produced with support from the Scottish Government was launched and the EuroMAB Social Enterprise working group was established.

The objectives of the working group are to:

  • Raise awareness of social enterprise as a financially viable model, enabling BRs to move away from grant dependency
  • Promote and understanding of the process outlined in the Framework document to assist capacity and policy to enable community initiatives and soci-al enterprises to emerge and flourish by;
  • Promoting examples of services and products being delivered by social enterprises in and around BRs
  • Promoting examples of public participation being actively used in BR’s
  • Promoting examples and success stories of sustainable public pro-curement being delivered in BR’s
  • Promoting examples and success stories of sustainable public pro-curement being delivered in BR
  • Evaluating the impact and added value of this approach in BR’s
  • Influence EuroMAB policy to support social enterprise in and around BRs because as a values based approach to business they have high levels of social and environmental respect

Click here to down load a copy of the workshop report.

The Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Working Group (SEBR WG) has continued to develop and at the World Congress in Lima 2016, became a thematic network for the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Click here to download a copy of the SEBRWG Outcomes 2011-2015 paper.