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Workshop on Biosphere Reserve Management for Biosphere Reserve Managers and Experts

16 19 September 2009, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, Latvia

Programme
Wednesday, September 16
All morning 13.30 Arrival to Riga + Free Time Lunch Preliminary registration for all workshop participants Venue: Hotel Laine, Skolas street 11, Riga Bus transfer to Salacgriva, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve General introduction to Latvia on the way Accommodation in hotel Kapteinu osta, Pernavas street 49A, Salacgriva, www.kapteinuosta.lv Getting to North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve main office Rigas street 10A, Salacgriva Opening of the Workshop: non formal introduction to the workshop and introductions between participants Dinner Presentation of the project Nature Concert Hall Departure by bus back to hotel (optional)

15.00

18.00

18.45

22.00

Thursday, September 17
9.00 Bus transfer from hotel to North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve main office Rigas street 10A, Salacgriva General introduction by all participants Moderated by Mr. Valerijs Seilis, Director, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Introduction to the UNESCO programme Man and Biosphere, concept of biosphere reserves and sustainable development issues in biosphere reserves, Madrid Action plan Ms. Dagnija Baltina, Secretary-General, Latvian National Commission for UNESCO Presentation of the North Vidzeme Biosphere reserve Mr. Valerijs Seilis, Director, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve

9.30

10.10

10.25

10.40 11.00 11.30 12.00

Presentation of the reference book Mr. Andris Urtans, Deputy Director, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Discussion What values do you see in having a biosphere reserve Moderated by Mr. Andris Urtans, Deputy Director, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Coffee break Working session Implementing the concept of biosphere reserves establishing a legal framework, organisation and administration of a biosphere reserve Moderated by Mr. Andris Urtans, Deputy Director, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Lunch Venue: Hotel Brize, Valmieras street 7, Salacgriva Working session Public participation of a biosphere reserve sustainable development profile Moderated by Mrs. Iveta Druva-Druvaskalne, Associated professor, Tourism and Hospitality Managements Faculty, Vidzeme University College Coffee break Excursion to the river Svtupe and Livs holy caves River recultivation examples and bridging culture and nature Dinner and Cultural evening Folk group Delve Venue: Hotel Kapteinu osta, Pernavas street 49A, Salacgriva

14.00 15.20

16.45 17.00 20.00

Friday, September 18
9.00 9.30 Bus transfer from hotel to North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve main office Rigas street 10A, Salacgriva Working sessions Organising a biosphere reserve in three rotating working groups: Strengthening community involvement into management and monitoring of the biosphere reserve (The Advisory Board, cooperation
with municipalities to support tourisms infrastructure, creating optimal conditions for species and biotopes, restoration works, NGOs and community support networks, Eco-Watch, etc.)

Introducing integrated landscape planning for sustainable development of biosphere reserve

Ensuring sustainability biosphere

financial in a reserve

(Spatial and landuse plans, ecological plans, plans for specially protected areas, etc.)
Moderated by Mr. Pteris Lakovskis, PhD in Landuse planning, University of Latvia

(Resource mobilization, project development, financial and human resource planning)

Moderated by Mr. Andris Urtans, Deputy Director, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve

Moderated by Mr. Thoomas Kokovkin, Member, Advisory Board of the Estonian Commission for UNESCO

11.30 12:00 13.00 14.00

Coffee break Continuation of the previous working session in three rotating working groups Presentation of the work by the three working groups Lunch Venue: Hotel Brize, Valmieras street 7, Salacgriva Working session Biosphere reserve as a learning place for Education for Sustainable Development Moderated by Mr. Raimonds Ernsteins, Head, UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Coastal Development, University of Latvia and Mr. Andris Urtans, Deputy Director, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Coffee break Excursion to lamprey weir and Randu coastal meadows Examples of coastal meadow management and involvement of local people in nature tourism Dinner Venue: Hotel Kapteinu osta, Pernavas street 49A, Salacgriva

15.30

16.40 17.00

20.00

Saturday, September 19
9.00 10.00 Working breakfast: Follow-up from the workshop discussed by the countries participants Bus transfer from hotel to North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve main office Rigas street 10A, Salacgriva Closing of the Workshop: Moderated by Mr. Andris Urtans, Deputy Director, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve Lunch Venue: North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve main office, Rigas street 10A, Salacgriva Bus transfer to Riga Departure of the participants Free time

10.30

11.30

12.30 All afternoon