Gianluca Costantini


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!


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. | #myforum2017

2017 MAB Youth Forum 
18 september
Po Delta Biosphere Reserve 
 ITALY, 18–23 September 2017

18 september 2017

While the choice is left to participants to decide in which order to take part in these training workshops, their attendance is somehow mandatory and warmly recommended as, on these occasions, participants will be provided with fundamental inputs which will inspire and guide the debates and elaborations of the forum during the following days.

The 3 modules on communication will run in parallel and will be repeated 3 times in the day. This will give the opportunity to the participants to follow them all in 3 different moments of the day. Registration will be done on the spot, at the following locations:

Module 1: Main Conference Hall of the Congress Centre
Module 2: Mezzanine floor of the Congress Centre
Module 3: Restaurant of the Rosapineta Sud Village

Module 1
Ève Ferguson
 “Creating the MAB Global Communication Strategy”

Module 2
Gianluca Costantini “Drawing Territory”

Module 3
Gianpiero Riva “Making the best use of your smartphone” and “ Bring your photos and videos to the maximum quality”

Warming up sessions on the Contribution of Biosphere Reserves to the 2030 Agenda — Conference hall of the Congress Centre
Marena Heindrup Biosphere reserves as arenas for implementing the 2030 Agenda, Experiences from the Swedish. MAB programme.

Guided visit at the National Archaeological Museum of Adria

The National Archaeological Museum of Adria gathers exhibits from Adria and Basso Polesine, the area that in the ancient times used to be the centre of contacts between the Mediterranean world, Northern Italy and the Central European Culture. The heart of the exhibition is the Bocchi collection, founded between the 18th and the 19th century, including some bronze valuables, a vast collection of Attica’s ceramics with black and red figures, works of most famous painters and an extraordinary collection of glass from the Roman Age.
A guided tour has been organized by students from the “G. Cipriani” State ProfessionalInstitute for Enogastronomy and Hotel Hospitality, during which the illustration of the archaeological finds will be accompanied, in parallel, by a path of consistent local gastronomy specialties tastings.

Opening ceremony — Municipal Theatre of Adria

Interventions by:

Multimedia presentation of the objectives of the forum, Emilio Casalini

Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences

Barbara Degani, Under-Secretary of the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea

Draw Festival / Mab Youth Forum / Italy



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