REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP ON GREEN ECONOMY IN BIOSPHERE RESERVE METHODOLOGY (GEBR) AND OPERATIONS OF MAB COMMITTEE
As you may be aware, people’s livelihoods and security in ECOWAS sub region, are often closely linked to the biological resources of their environment. However, the diversity of these biological resources, called “biodiversity”, is rapidly disappearing due to population growth and the resulting increased change in land use, as well as the more rapid unsustainable exploitation of resources for food and livelihood. Since 2013, UNESCO has been supporting member states to diversify local economies in protected areas and Biosphere Reserves, through the introduction of green economy alternative livelihoods and income-generating activities (biodiversity-friendly businesses), supporting women and youth in particular. This has been done using the Green Economy in Biosphere Reserves methodology (GEBR).
The role of the MAB committee is very crucial in the success of GEBR. As such, a first phase training activity was organized in Monrovia, Liberia in 2019; to strengthen the capacity of Liberian environmental experts in operations of MAB committee and nomination of Biosphere Reserves. Though the Liberian experts acquired knowledge in MAB committee operations, there is need to consolidate and to ensure a strong MAB committee not only for Liberia but also for Guinea and Sierra Leone. Secondly there is the need to train the MAB experts on GEBR methodology; which is especially important in post-Covid-19; to create sustainable ecofriendly livelihoods and build socio-economic resilience.
In view of the above narrative, UNESCO Regional office Abuja and Forestry Research institute of Nigeria (FRIN) is organizing a Regional Training Workshop on Green Economy in Biosphere Reserves Methodology (GEBR) and Operations of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Committees. The workshop will hold from: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily from 28th June to 2nd July at Corina Hotel 26 Tubman Boulevard 24th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia.
Objectives of the Capacity Building Workshop
- To train MAB experts, and managers of BRs, protected areas, and National Park in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea; on GEBR methodology, operations of National MAB Committees and nomination of Biosphere reserve
- Support the establishment of a MAB committee in Liberia and the nomination on a national Biosphere reserve the areas for BR will be identified by the country). The Liberia model will be used to also strengthen the capacity of Guinea and Sierra Leone expert.3
- Train MAB national committees and managers of BR and of protected areas in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea; on fund raising (for the purpose of ensuring the sustainability of GEBR activities)4
- Encourage the advancement of the MAB strategy in the region, in line with Lima Action Strategy and MAB ICC action plan