ICSRC Update May 2017

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Published on: May 2, 2017

International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities / 01 May 2017

Thank you for your continued support for the ICSRC!

Between January and April we worked hard to raise funds for Phase II of the project. We were also out and about building awareness and support for the ICSRC locally, regionally and nationally, and putting the finishing touches to the project prospectus.

So far, we have raised 70% of the funds we need for Phase II, thanks to the generosity of local individuals and organizations. The money is being used to fund a preliminary economic appraisal, engage an architect to provide concept drawings for the Centre, set up our website, and employ a part-time project manager.

Presenting the ICSRC at EuroMAB 2017

Six members of the ICSRC working group attended the EuroMAB 2017 conference in the Dordogne Basin Biosphere Reserve, France, April 4-7, and made presentations at the BR and Scientific Partnerships workshop, the Indigenous Peoples workshop, and at a lunchtime workshop on the ICSRC. The ICSRC received general endorsement encouraging us to move on to the next phases of the project.

As evidence of our commitment and support of indigenous reconciliation and engagement, we attended a special presentation to UNESCO in Paris just prior to EuroMAB by the new Tsa’ Tue’ Biosphere Reserve on Great Bear Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the first in the world to be initiated and operated by Indigenous peoples.

Introducing Euromabwiki.org

The ICSRC’s online platform euromabwiki.org will provide a user-friendly way for EuroMAB members to share and access expertise across the network of Biosphere Reserves. We are hoping to have this virtual hub for the EuroMAB network up and running by the end of 2017.

Examples of content and uses for the site, include, and are certainly not limited to being a location for collaborative grant applications, citizen science resources, repository for case studies, source for sustainable development best practices, and collation of research on biodiversity and climate change.

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