Ruth Simons, Lead of the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative attended the gathering of European and North American Biosphere Reserves hosted by the Dublin Bay Biosphere Reserve in Dublin, Ireland. Over 200 participants from more than 30 countries, the 16th EuroMAB conference created an opportunity to exchange views and look at ways to integrate nature conservation with sustainable development. This video gives an idea of what it was like to be there.

As a prospective Biosphere Reserve the opportunity to learn from others has further inspired the vision for Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound to be working with the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve program. We look forward to joining the diverse network who have produced Proud to Share videos. Ruth saw and heard the stories of biosphere reserves tackling the Sustainable Development Goals and attended workshops that provided valuable insight on working with Universities and communicating about biodiversity through arts and culture.

Meriem Bouamrane, UNESCO Program Specialist, offered words of inspiration noting that EuroMAB “creates an opportunity to weave links beyond our BR’s and beyond our borders through discussion, debate, dialogue, participation, and cooperation to inspire a positive future.”

For more information about the event contact howesoundbri@gmail.com.