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The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) have been collaborating with the Greek MAB National Committee since 2014 to organize Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Summer Schools, which aim to provide training and develop knowledge on the importance of biosphere reserves as places of learning for sustainable development.

Asterousia Hybrid University Phase A was held in attendance in October 2021, in Greece, and had 16 young participants from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Romania. It consisted of interactive sessions including lectures and field visits.

Phase B with its online platform held from January to February reached a wider audience, especially throughout South East Europe and the Mediterranean. This year’s university delved into additional themes such as the threats to biodiversity and ecosystems caused by plastic pollution in marine and coastal biosphere reserves, while continuing to address the topics covered in the first years. The second edition of the university placed particular emphasis on the need for ocean literacy programs.

Building on the results of the first phase, the second phase included 4 weeks of lessons with self-paced lessons and live expert meetings each week. The courses used a participatory and interactive format focused on promoting collaboration and exchange between young experts, scientists and biosphere reserve managers in integrated management approaches to help promote the sustainable development of biosphere reserves. Each week, the online course presented a different theme, emphasizing the potential of biosphere reserves as sites to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Helen D. Jessen