The forthcoming 2019 MAB Youth Forum – Committed to Biodiversity will be held in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, China, on 15-18 September 2019.
The UNESCO‘s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is an intergovernmental scientific programme, launched in 1971 by UNESCO. By combining the natural and social sciences, economics and education, it aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. It predicts the consequences of today’s actions on tomorrow’s world and thereby increases people’s ability to efficiently manage natural resources for the well-being of both human populations and the environment. Its World Network of Biosphere Reserves currently counts 701 sites in 124 countries all over the world, including 21 transboundary sites.
The MAB Youth Forum
The 1st MAB Youth Forum was held in 2017 to offer an opportunity for young people to become active in the MAB Programme and to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, in line with the Lima Action Plan. It was a great success and the beginning of active engagement towards youth within the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
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