The secretariat of the MAB Programme and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe are proud to announce the organization of the 2017 MAB YOUTH FORUM - committed to sustainable Development, to be held in the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve, Italy, on 18‐23 September 2017. Young people are the future of Biosphere reserves and must be given a voice in shaping their territory and defining their engagement in the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO. The MAB Secretariat considers, therefore, the need to offer, in collaboration with the Regional Bureau located in Venice, an opportunity for young people who care about the special territories in which they live in to become active in the MAB Programme and to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, in line with the Lima Action Plan. This initiative, announced for the first time during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru, has been welcomed by a standing ovation!
A CONTRIBUTION TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIMA ACTION PLAN 2016-2025
The Lima Action Plan, adopted in March 2016 at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, to implement the 2015‐2025 Strategy of the MAB Programme, provides a sound basis on which to build initiatives such as the 2017 MAB Youth Forum. We refer, in particular, to the desire to establish strong partnerships with universities and research institutions to support essential capacity‐building processes, and the need to strengthen and support a participatory and inclusive network of all stakeholders within the MAB Programme and Biosphere Reserves, to ensure the better involvement of youth in governance. The exchange of best practices and the promotion of Biosphere Reserves as tools for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be an important focus of the Forum since they should be models of sustainability across the board, from the good management of natural resources to the green economy, from sustainable tourism to education.