Dublin Bay Biosphere to host international UNESCO EuroMAB Conference

Tomorrow April 2nd 2019 sees the start of the UNESCO EuroMAB conference in Dublin Castle, hosted by the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership*. The conference, which runs until 5th April, will see Biosphere experts, managers, policy-makers, researchers, educators, ecologists, scientists, social entrepreneurs and community leaders from across Europe, North America and Canada come together to develop ‘local actions for global challenges’.

Through a series of workshops and fieldtrips the delegates will consider real outcomes that can be implemented both by individual Biospheres, and collectively as part of the World Network. These actions which will support the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030.

Over the four days, delegates will reflect on best practice in tackling issues such as marine plastics. They will consider ways of empowering young people to take action, of promoting the circular economy and of engaging local enterprises in responsible tourism. Adding value to local economies through charters and branding will be examined. They will also explore developing research platforms and partnerships with universities and promoting learning through art and culture, and acting as climate change observatories.

Field trips to Howth Head, Bull Island, Dublin Port, Dalkey and Dublin Bay will provide delegates with an opportunity to experience the special place which is Dublin Bay, a unique UNESCO Biosphere in a major European city.

“Biospheres around the world develop and test best practice in balancing the needs of people with the needs of nature.  At EuroMAB 2019 in Dublin we have an opportunity to share that best practice throughout the world network” said Shane Casey, Biosphere Coordinator with Dublin City Council.