Fri 09/09/2022 to Sun 11/09/2022: Possibility of an earlier arrival with participation in different social programmes, e.g.

  • „Almabtrieb“ Festival in Bad Kleinkirchheim: ceremonial driving down of cattle and sheep from the mountain pastures into the valley in autumn
  • On the road with the BR Ranger: hiking, mountain biking
  • Visits of different regional events

Sun 11/09/2022: Arrival Youth Participants and Youth Welcome Evening: Get together

Mon 12/09/2022: EuroMab 2022 Youth Preparatory Meeting (For Youth Participants only!)

Mon 12/09/2022 to Fri 16/09/2022: EuroMab 2022 according to the Conference Program: About half of the workshops will be organised as excursions connected to a regional example of implementation. All other workshops will be held at the conference venue.

Programme on Monday 12/09/2022

8.00 am – 4.00 pm Registration and Welcome drink in the NockResort Lobby
  Reception by the Provincial Government of Carinthia
4.15 pm Bus departure to cable car "Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach"
5.45 pm Arrival at the NockIn Panorama Restaurant at 1908 m a.s.l.
6.00 pm Reception upon invitation of the Carinthian government
  • LH Dr. Peter Kaiser (governor)
  • LRin Mag. Sara Schaar (regional minister of environment)
  • Karl Lessiak (mayor of Ebene-Reichenau and head of the regional biosphere reserve committee)
  • KommR. Matthias Krenn (mayor of Bad Kleinkirchheim)
  • Ing. Dietmar Rossmann (director of the Carinthian part of the Salzburger Lungau and Kärntner Nockberge Biosphere Reserve)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Marianne Penker (chair of the national MAB committee) 

Cultural programme

  • MGV Kaning (choir)

Moderation: Ute Pichler of ORF Kärnten

Mountain dinner with regional specialties

10.00 pm Bus departure at the valley station Brunnach Biosphärenparkbahn

Programme on Tuesday 13/09/2022

9.15 – 9.45 am Official Opening
Welcome address by
  • Meriem Bouamrane (MAB Secreteriat UNESCO Head Quarters Paris) an MAB Paris retrospective
  • Martin Fritz,Secretary-General, Austrian Commission for UNESCO. 
  • Marianne Penker Chair of the Austrian MAB Committee
9.45 – 10.30 am
  • Presentation of the Austrian Biosphere Reserves by Arne Arnberger (vice chair of the Austrian MAB Committee)
  • Presentation of the BR area/film (Nockberge BR Management)
10.30 – 11.00 am Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 am Keynote I: Valentin Inzko "Tying cultures -with special reference to the Balkans" 
12.00 am – 1.30 pm Lunch

1.30 – 2.00 pm

2.00-02.30 pm

Keynote II: Tying cultures - Gordana Beltram, Secretary of the Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning &

Round table discussion: Tying cultures (organised by Nockberge BR) Moderation: Lisa Wolf Guests: Mojca Smolej (Triglav TNP), Alessandro Benzoni (BR Julian Alps), Gerald Hartmann (UNESCO Geopark Karawanken), Heinz Mayer (BR Nockberge) 

2.30-03.00pm  TRANSECTS -Projekt as example of cross-border collaboration between Canada, Germany and South Afrika- TRANSdisciplinary Education Collaboration for Transformations in Sustainability  by Pam Shaw and Erik Aschenbrand 
3.00 – 3.30 pm Coffee break
3.30 – 4.00 pm Round table retrospective of 50 yrs. Austrian MAB Committee 
5.00 pm Bus departure to Castel "Landskron"
6.00 pm Reception by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research
7.00 pm Conference Dinner
11.00 pm Bus departure to NockResort

Programme on Friday 16/09/2022

9.00 – 10.30 am Recap of the EuroMAB2022
10.30 – 11.00 am Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 am YouthMAB presentation
11.30 – 12.00 am Presentation of the host for the next EuroMAB conference
12.00 am End of the conference

Fri 16/09/2022 & Sat 17/09/2022: During the Post-event tour „Follow the Alpe-Adria-Trail to our neigbours“ (Julian Alps BR, Italy and Slovenia) you have the chance to visit our southern friends and partners, e.g. Triglav National Park (Slovenia), BR Prealpe Giulie (Italy).

In order to present all Austrian Biosphere Reserves at the conference, we plan to place exhibition stands of the BRs in the hotels where the participants are accommodated (similar to the Winter Olympic Games „Austria House“). Cultural presentations and tastings would then attract visitors!


Additional Comments

  • Involving young people is a major concern of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO and thus a special budget a youth event has been organised. We plan to intensify the involvement of young people by involving them as discussion partners in all plenary sessions and workshops and giving them the opportunity to present their views and opinions. Furthermore, we would like to set a plenary event dedicated to „Youth involvement“ to be planned, organized and moderated by young people. We will also give them the opportunity to present a follow-up report of the conference from their point of view. For further information see attached Youth Programme!
  • We feel committed to an ecological event. As already stated at the EuroMAB 2022 website we will organize an environmentally friendly and resource-saving event with short walkable distances, waste prevention and regional culinary and cultural delights.
  • As already stated at the EuroMAB 2022 website we will involve people and businesses from the region as well as BRs from neighbouring countries. We will offer all Biosphere Reserves willing to present themselves a stage for the entire duration of the conference.
  • The year 2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Austrian MAB National Committee. In order to celebrate this event the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research will host the Conference Dinner at Landskron Castle.
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