The UNESCO MAB-Programme was created in 1971 with the vision to promote a sustainable connection between people and nature. Biosphere Reserves were found as living laboratories that boost nature-based solutions for sustainable development. They are places that provide local solutions to global challenges. In this respect, one of the key questions is, how to reach the people living or lingering in the Biosphere Reserves, in particular young stakeholders. Their specific role is also recognised in different Biosphere Reserve framework documents, including the Lima Action Plan (2015–2025), which explicitly refers to consideration of young people in equitable and participatory planning for sustainable development in biosphere reserves.

Furthermore, broadening inclusion and participation is a key transformational pathway to accomplishing the United Nations 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals), which also regards Youth as a group of special focus.
Against this background, the EuroMAB 2022 specifically invites young people to not only participate the meeting, but also to elaborate with fellow peers and all other participants how to get young people involved sustainably. In 2021 UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme celebrated its 50th anniversary. What about the next 50 years? What hast to change? What could be a vision for the next 50 years? Which role can/should young people play? How could this be achieved?

Young people are invited to:

  • Participate at the EuroMAB 2022 Youth Preparation Meeting (12 September 2022)
  • Participate at the EuroMAB 2022
  • Discuss with and interview other participants from Europe and North America on how they involve youth in their respective Biosphere Reserves
  • Use video and social media to document these findings.
  • Meet other young people from Europe and North America interested in taking action in their local Biosphere Reserve

Who can participate:

  • Young people between 18–27 years old
  • Living in or having close connection to a Biosphere Reserve or a local MAB National Committee

How to apply:

  • Nominations must be submitted by a biosphere reserve or a MAB National Committee to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please use the nomination form. If the nomination is successful, further information will be provided.
  • There are up to 20 places for young people; each country can submit up to two youth participants. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If several countries choose not to nominate a candidate, some countries may also send a third youth participant – again on a first come first serve basis.

Costs for the youth participants:

  • Travel costs to the event must be coverd by the nominator institution

Costs which are covered from the BR-Nockberge and sponsors:

  • Accommodation: will be organised and provided by BR Nockberge. All Youth participants will be accommodated in the GreenPark Landal, which is located in the inmediate vicinity (2 minutes walk ) to the venue (NockResort).
  • Conference fee
  • Beverage & food


Sunday 11/09/2022

8.00 am – 6.00 pm Arrival of participants
6.00 pm Get together

Monday 12/09/2022

Moderation Lisa Wolf
9.00 am Welcome and introduction
9.15 am Ice breaker and introduction of participants: who is in the room and what do we bring?
9.45 am Presentation of the Programme for the upcoming days
10.00 am Presentation of EuroMAB
10.30 am Break
10.45 am Presentation of the EuroMAB Youth Network: the “Action Plan 2019” and Activities from 2019–2022
11.15 am “The World Biosphere Network as a way of reuniting humans with nature – what can we do?”
12.30 am Lunch break
2.00 pm Workshop 1: How we build the BRs of the Future: developing common vision of our contributions and impact in our BRs and beyond
2.45 pm Break
3.00 pm Workshop 2 Part 1: Power in Networks: visioning the next action plan for the EuroMAB network
3.45 pm Presentation of results & End of formal Programme
4.00 pm Bus departure to cable car "Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach"
Evening „Get together“ at the Panorama Restaurant Nock-In
Reception by the Provincial Government of Carinthia
see programme here

Tuesday 13/09/2022

8.30 am Participation at the EuroMAB Conference (see conference programme for details)
4.00 pm End of formal programme
5.00 pm Bus departure to Castel "Landskron" - Reception by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Conference Dinner & around 11.00 pm Bus departure back to NockResort

Wednesday 14/09/2022

8.30 am Participation at the EuroMAB Conference (see conference workshops for details)
5.00 pm End of formal programme
  free time

Thursday 15/09/2022

9.00 am Welcome and introduction to the programme of the day
9.15 am Workshop 2 Part 2: Power in Networks - Discussion on Cooperation with Stakeholders
  • UNESCO: Fostering a dialogue between youth and UNESCO within its framework
  • BR: What can BR offer young people, why should BR care?
  • NC/NatComs/other youth networks: what does exist (national/international) and how can synergies be established?
10.30 am break
11.00 am Discussion continued
12.00 am Presentation of results
12.30 am Lunch break
1.30 pm Presentation of project MAB Youth Day as a “tool” to foster cooperation – BR Salzburger Lungau & Kärntner Nockberge
1.45 pm Discussion in groups:
  • Which day fits best
  • What topic could be chosen
  • How to promote the day (in cooperation with your local BR) e.g. specific social media tool
  • How to keep it alive for the upcoming years
4.00 pm Presentation of results
Evening "Ethnic evening" (see conference programme)

Friday 16/09/2022

9.00 am Recap of the EuroMAB2022
10.30 am Coffee break
11.00 am YouthMAB presentation
  • Summary of the discussions
  • Next planed steps
  • impressions of the EuroMAB
11.30 am Presentation of the host for the next EuroMAB conference
12.00 am End of the conference
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