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30th Session of the MAB International Coordinating Council (

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Transcript of 30th Session of the MAB International Coordinating Council (

Berbak Sembilang - Indonesia
Mount Kumgang - DPR Korea
Maasheggen - the Netherlands
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this nomination, congratulated the DPR Korean authorities for the very well written and high-quality proposal, and recommended that Mt. Kumgang be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC
congratulated the Indonesian authorities on their well-written and high-quality nomination dossier and recommended that Berbak-Sembilang be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.

Mura River - Slovenia
The Bureau of the MAB ICC commended the Netherlands authorities for the quality of the proposal and recommended that the site be
approved
.

The Bureau invited the Netherlands authorities to provide more detailed information on how the BASICS programme, tourism activity development and sustainable management of farmlands are funded, implemented and coordinated by the proposed biosphere reserve within the buffer zone and transition area.
Gombe Masito Ugalla - Tanzania
The Bureau of the MAB ICC congratulated the national authorities for the high-quality of the nomination dossier and recommended that Suncheon be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
Khangchendzonga - India
The Bureau of the MAB ICC commends the Indian authorities for its cultural and religious conservation efforts. The Bureau noted that the long-term Management Plan for the proposed site is under preparation and encouraged its finalization by national authorities. It also encouraged the continuation of transboundary conservation activities and the strengthening of transboundary cooperation with China and Nepal.

The Bureau congratulated the Indian authorities for their well-prepared proposal and recommended that Khangchendzonga be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
Rinjani Lombok - Indonesia
The Bureau of the MAB ICC commended the Indonesian authorities on their well-written and high-quality nomination dossier and recommended that Rinjani-Lombok be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
Quirimbas - Mozambique
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommended that the site be
approved
and encouraged the authorities to:

- Integrate conflict management into the proposed management plan and submit a copy to UNESCO after completion.
- Work to ensure the functionality of three non-functional meteorological stations to generate information on climate change.
- Develop a monitoring system for deforestation and fires.
Marico - South Africa
Wadi Wurayah - United Arab Emirates
The Bureau welcomed this new proposal. Based on the recommendations of the Advisory committee, the MAB Bureau examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely the missing endorsement signatures, indicators regarding women’s involvement, further information regarding planned sustainable development projects, and clarification of actions to be taken to address threats to migratory birds.

As the information received was satisfactory, the Bureau recommended the site to be
approved
.
Valle Camonica - Alto Sebino - Italy
The Bureau welcomed the information provided by the authority on the rationale why the northern and eastern parts of the biosphere reserve are not surrounded by the transition area for topographic (as it is a river basin) and ecosystem (mountain region) reasons. It also welcomed the information provided on the impact of tourism and acknowledged the plan to conduct socio-economic studies in the proposed biosphere reserve be pursued, including with the involvement of energy companies in the proposed biosphere reserve activities.

Based on the additional information provided, the Bureau recommended to the Council that the site be
approved
.

Kopet Dag - Iran
The Bureau acknowledged with satisfaction the additional information provided by the authorities. The documentation demonstrates that mining activities do not have any adverse impacts on the proposed site, as well as receiving legal documents and measures guaranteeing that only activities compatible with the conservation function of the biosphere reserve are undertaken in the core area. Based on the information received, the Bureau recommended to the Council that the site be
approved
.
Charyn - Kazakhstan
Ponga - Spain
Lower Prut - Moldova
The MAB Bureau welcomed this well prepared proposal. The MAB Bureau examined the additional information provided by the national authorities as per Advisory committee request related the hunting activities in the core area. The MAB Bureau was satisfied with the explanation provided and recommends that the site be
approved
.
Le Bureau s’est félicité de cette proposition de candidature. Apres avoir examine la compatibilite de la carte revisee avec les dispositions du decret de creation des deux parcs nationaux et les informations complementaires relatives a la realisation des etudes d impact environnementales pour les permis d’ exploitation miniere , le Bureau recommande que le site soit
approuvée
.
The Bureau welcomed this new proposal. Based on the recommendations of the Advisory committee, the MAB Bureau examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely the comprehensive draft Management Plan for the biosphere reserve requested by the advisory committee including details of how the authorities responsible for management of the oil exploitation field will be involved in the management of the biosphere reserve.

As the information received was satisfactory, the Bureau recommended this site to be
approved
.

Zhongar - Kazakhstan
Arly - Burkina Faso
Thuringian Forest - Germany
Mountainous Urals - Russian Federation
The Bureau of the MAB ICC
commended the German authorities for the high quality of the nomination and participatory process and recommended that the extension and name change of the site be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged the authorities to create a permanent consultation mechanism through a change in status of the dialogue Committee of municipal representatives used in the discussion process for the expansion of the biosphere reserve.
Le Bureau du MAB CIC a constaté l’absence de plan de gestion pour l’ensemble de la réserve de biosphère proposée, mais a pris connaissance avec satisfaction des informations fournies sur la composition de l’unité de gestion du site (en particulier sur le rôle des différentes parties prenantes).

Le Bureau a par conséquent recommandé que la désignation du site d’Arly comme réserve de biosphère soit
approuvée
, et a encouragé les autorités à obtenir les financements requis et établir les partenariats nécessaires pour mettre en œuvre le plan de gestion. En outre, le Bureau a pris note de la coopération menée entre la réserve de biosphère proposée et la réserve de biosphère de Pendjari, au Bénin, et a encouragé les deux pays à élaborer une proposition de site transfrontière.
The Bureau welcomed the additional information provided by the authorities requested by the Advisory Committee on the legal status of Sistema Territoriale di Interesse Naturalistico Ambientale (STINA) areas, as well as a detailed governance scheme for the proposed biosphere reserve. It requested that the management plan/policy for the proposed biosphere reserve be sent to the Secretariat as soon as available and no later than 30 September 2018. Based on the information received, the Bureau recommended to the Council that Considered that the site be
approved
.
The Bureau welcomed this new proposal. Based on the recommendations of the Advisory committee, the MAB Bureau examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely a comprehensive draft Management Plan for the biosphere reserve including details of how actors in the industrial sector may be involved in the biosphere reserve with a view to reducing negative impacts; more detailed information on the participatory management structure for the overall governance of the proposed area; explanation of the lack of buffering around some parts of core areas. As the information received was satisfactory, the Bureau recommended the site to be
approved
.
The MAB Bureau welcomed this proposal. The MAB Bureau examined the additional information provided by the national authorities as per Advisory committee request related to the management structure of the area and to the mitigation measures of social and environmental impacts of refugees. The MAB Bureau was satisfied with the explanation provided and recommends that the site be
approved
.
The Bureau welcomed this proposal. The MAB Bureau examined the additional information sent by the national authorities as per request of the Advisory committee related to the concept of conservation-friendly agriculture and mitigation measures of tourism impacts in the core area.

The MAB Bureau was satisfied with the explanation provided and recommends that the site be

approved.

Monte Peglia - Italy
Ticino, Val Grande Verbano - Italy
Land of the Leopards - Russian Federation
The Bureau of the MAB ICC commended the Italian authorities for the high quality of the nomination and recommended that the extension and name change of the site be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged the authorities to use the biosphere reserve as a tool to solve increasing problems with urban sprawl, excessive concentration of visitors and water pollution.
The Bureau welcomed this extension and renaming. Based on the recommendations of the Advisory committee, the MAB Bureau examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely information on why there is no buffer zone adjacent to the southern core area. The information received from the authorities indicated that the reason is that it is constituted of a marine area bordering the sea and that the biosphere reserve (Land of the Leopard National Park) has no authority on it.

Based on the information provided, the Bureau was not clear on the status of the marine area bordering the south core area as indicated in the reply from the authorities. It recommended to send clearer zonation map as it seems that the area was terrestrial. It also recommended the biosphere reserve authorities to seek cooperation with the authorities in charge of the marine/terrestrial area in the south of this core area to ensure that this core area will not be under threat and to consider the possibility to establish a buffer zone. It requested that a clearer zonation map as well as comprehensive information on the issues above and report on progress made be provided to the MAB Secretariat by 30th September 2018.

The Bureau recommended that the proposal for extension and renaming is
deferred
.

Mount Huangshan - China
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this submission, commended the Chinese authorities for the very well written and high-quality nomination dossier, and recommended that Mount Huangshan be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.

The Bureau invites the Chinese authorities to provide a map showing the areas and zonation of the World Heritage juxtaposed with those of the biosphere reserve.
24 new Biosphere Reserves have been approved by the Council.
7 voluntary withdrawn Biosphere Reserves. 5 from Australia, 1 from the Netherlands and 1 from the USA.
2 Biosphere Reserves extended and/or renamed

The WNBR currently counts 686 Biosphere Reserves in 122 Countries

The Bureau of the MAB ICC congratulated the Iranian authorities on their well-written proposal and recommended that Kopet Dag be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC congratulated the Kazakhstan authorities on their well-written and high-quality proposal and recommended that Charyn be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC congratulated the national authorities on the well-prepared proposal and recommended that Zhongar be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.

Choco Andino de Pichincha - Ecuador
Suncheon - Rep. of Korea
Betung Kerihun Danau Sentarum Kapuas Hulu - Indonesia
Tsimanampesotse Nosy Ve Androka Madagascar
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The Bureau of the MAB ICC commended the Russian authorities for the high-quality of the nomination and recommended that the designation of the site be
approved
.
The Bureau encouraged the authorities to create a biosphere reserve Coordination Council as indicated in the nomination form, where various stakeholders, including communities, businesses and NGOs, will be equally represented. The Bureau requested an update on the creation of the stakeholder-based biosphere reserve management structure, as well as the progress of the overall biosphere reserve management plan by 30 September 2018.
The MAB Bureau welcomed this nomination proposal. Although the Advisory Committee recommended, that the site be deferred due to the high population living in the core area (158,000 people) the country has submitted information clarifying that this high number was a miscalculation. The official census data (2010) confirms that in the core area there is a total permanent population of 110 people. Their main activities are ecotourism and research.

The MAB Bureau examined the additional information sent by the country and agreed that it was correct. The Bureau congratulated the country for their great effort to rectify this error and the important commitment shown by its local population, and its regional and national government.

As the information received was satisfactory, the Bureau recommends the site to be
approved
.
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