Första veckan i april gick EuroMAB2019 av stapeln i biosfärområde Dublin Bay på Irland. EuroMAB är en konferens för europeiska, nordamerikanska och ryska biosfärområden som äger rum vartannat år i olika biosfärområden.

Från Vindelälven-Juhttátahkka närvarade styrelseledamöterna Erik Alnersson och Karin Fällman Stenlund, samt kommunikatör Cecilia Wallinder. Temat för årets konferens var lokala lösningar på globala utmaningar och inleddes på Dublin Castle med välkomsttal och tio kortfilmer inom MAB is #Proudtoshare.  som är korta videoklipp som visar upp goda exempel på initiativ världen över.

Att få ta med sig nya idéer och få höra hur andra har lyckats med att hitta lokala lösningar på globala utmaningar var väldigt lärorikt. Nyckeln är att hitta engagerade och kunniga medspelare som tillsammans hittar lösningar som fungerar för de flesta. Från det globala nätverket av biosfärområden finns det mycket kunskap och erfarenhet att dra nytta av – det som saknas är en digital samlingsplats för både kontaktpersoner och erfarenheter.


Deltagande i Workshops under konferensen

Erik Alnersson
Tackling Marine Plastics: Showcasing existing initiatives and progressing opportunities and guidance for citizen action & government action

Chair: Eva Cardona (Menorca Biosphere), Bethany Jorgensen (Marine Science for Society) & Aquilino Miguélez (Lanzarote Biosphere)
Contact: wnibr.menorca@cime.es / bj265@cornell.edu / observatorio@cabildodelanzarote.com


Best practices in engaging young people: Initiatives to engage with young as a target audience for Biosphere communications/ education, with case studies on the Brent Goose Ambassadors, Outdoor Geogames, Junior Rangers, & MaB Youth Camps

Chair: Alice Roth (MAB France) Cristina Boccaccini (Po Delta)
Contact: alice.roth@mab-france.org / cristinaboccaccini87@gmail.com


Karin Fällman Stenlund
Developing & implementing Codes of Practice for responsible tourism in sensitive areas: Practicalities of working with tourism providers in the development and implementation of Codes of Practice

Chair: Gabriel Cooney (University College Dublin)
Contact: gabriel.cooney@ucd.ie


The role of biospheres in ecotourism: Bio-cultural Heritage Tourism: Opportunities for creating new models of ecotourism, such as Biocultural Heritage Tourism

Chair: Kelly Cerialo (Paul Smith’s College USA), Camille Belurier (Iroise Biosphere) & Adeline Gladieux (North Devon Biosphere)
Contact: kcerialo@paulsmiths.edu / camille.belurier@pnr-armorique.fr / adeline.gladieux@devon.gov.uk


Cecilia Wallinder
Role of biospheres when engaging with local enterprises (business charters & branding/ regional product labelling): Opportunities to implement the ‘Development’ goal of Biospheres

Chair: Ed Forrest (Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere) & Mary MacSweeney (Dublin Bay Biosphere)
Contact: ed@gsabiosphere.org.uk / mary.macsweeney@dublincity.ie


How Biospheres can contribute to the circular economy: Opportunities for Biospheres to be role models and engage with local organisations

Chair: Mary MacSweeney (Dublin Bay Biosphere) & Marie McNulty (Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere),
Contact: mary.macsweeney@dublincity.ie / marie@gsabiosphere.org.uk

Deltagande i studieresor

Living History at Dalkey Castle and walking tour of Killiney Hill: Step back in time and enjoy a fully guided tour of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, which includes a 14th century castle, an Early Christian Church and a modern Heritage Centre. The visitor experience is enhanced by costumed actors from Deilg Inish Theatre Company who bring the history to colourful life. An Archer will defend you, a Barber Surgeon will cure your ailments and a Cook will give you mouth-watering recipes. This will be followed by a guided walking tour of Killiney Hill. Learn about the Red Squirrel Conservation Project and other wildlife, while enjoying views over Killiney Bay.

Biosphere Discovery Cruise: Biosphere Discovery Tours are an ecotourism initiative developed by Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership in collaboration with Dublin Bay Cruises. Our specially trained guides will welcome you aboard the St Bridget for a guided cruise which departs from Howth Harbour, taking in Ireland’s Eye, Howth Head and their resident seabird colonies before crossing Dublin Bay. Look out for Harbour Porpoises! Fáilte Ireland will provide a guide onboard the bus to point out features of interest.

Living History at Dalkey Castle and walking tour of Killiney Hill: Step back in time and enjoy a fully guided tour of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, which includes a 14th century castle, an Early Christian Church and a modern Heritage Centre. The visitor experience is enhanced by costumed actors from Deilg Inish Theatre Company who bring the history to colourful life. An Archer will defend you, a Barber Surgeon will cure your ailments and a Cook will give you mouth-watering recipes. This will be followed by a guided walking tour of Killiney Hill. Learn about the Red Squirrel Conservation Project and other wildlife, while enjoying views over Killiney Bay.