Networks and cooperation

Venue: Orthodox Culture Centre, Meeting hall "Alasali";  address: Kauppakatu 46, Joensuu



Using networks & enhancing co-operation for sustainable solutions



Getting the networks working


- Cooperation between disciplines, regions and/or different interests is essential to find sustainable solutions


- Successful co-operation does not thrive without common interest & benefits and added value


- The right co-operation methods are also important, both at individual sessions and on long run


– Network is a method to build up co-operation


- Sometimes the most valuable output of co-operation is just the social context with exchange of thoughts and experiences, but that is also often what keeps networks alive.


What do we need cooperation for?

- In what situations or with which kind of issues do we gain more by co-operating between regions and nations? Good examples of fruitful co-operation between regions


What methods are working well?

- The reasons for cooperation between stakeholders and between disciplines is quite clear, but how do we actualize it?


What is the purpose of networks?

- How do we keep a network alive in a long perspective? What do we need to get out of it? What technical assistance do we need?


- Understanding the role and opportunities of BRs and related activities in regional development


- Making proposals/starting new co-operation within the scope of the session >> for the plenary


NordMAB workshop

Chairperson:  Katja Bonnevier, Archipelago Sea BR, Finland

- GOALS for NordMAB needed: what are the common issues considering BR:s and sustainable development that would be interesting for cooperation


- Before the conference, search for one/ a few issues that session participants could work with at the conference. Ideas from earlier discussions could be developed: local identity, to get young people to return to the villages in combination with added-values from sustainable development. Local versus global!  try to produce a draft for a project plan?

- Other interesting issues for working groups: democracy on local level; methods and experiences, exchange programs for local entrepreneurs….

-Two proposals for cooperation in the NordMAB network:

1) “Young people and local identity in Biosphere Reserves” – How and why are people moving, is it possible to fulfill your professional dreams living outside the cities, local meets global. A network for internships, jobs, conferences and capacity building?


2) Policy-makers as ambassadors for Sustainable development and Biosphere Reserves.


Work with plans for project/s! Put up the frameworks. Establish project-team.



Session chairperson: Dr. Meriem Boumrane (UNESCO MAB)


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Presentation: Global network for sustainability:  ENO - Environment Online  - case Study Mika Vanhanen, Director, ENO (Finland)


Presentation: Evaluation of multi-level social learning processes for sustainable landscapes in Bergslagen, Sweden. Robert Axelsson, Per Angelstam, Lennart Myhrman, Marine Elbakidze, Lennart Svensson, Milis Ivarsson, Stefan Sädbom, Thomas Kullberg, Anders Olsson, Kenneth Andersson, Jan Olof Hermansson, Marcus Drotz, Johan Törnblom et al., Swedish Agricultural University


Presentation: Roadmap for sustainable regional development, Experiences from green cities and settlements ENPI CBC project, Niko Hänninen, Eva Pongrácz, Sari Piippo, Ioannis Chamilos, Elena Zavarkina, Anton Posudnevsk, Denis Pyzhikov


Presentation: Successful co-operation between Biosphere reserves - case study: Cooperation within Biosphere Reserve Nedre Dalälven River Landscape: The process from the need of cooperation between local stakeholders to a Biosphere Reserve. Anders Telenius(Sweden).


Presentation:  Sustainable living in the archipelago of Turku – challenges and possibilities.

Sam Grönholm (Finland)


Presentation: Short introduction for the proposal of project about “Young people and local identity in Biosphere Reserves”, followed by interactive project planning:


Presentation: A short introduction for the proposal: Policy-makers as ambassadors for Sustainable development and Biosphere Reserves, followed by a discussion about possible cooperation and share of knowledge between NordMAB Biosphere Reserves. Johanna Mc Taggart, National coordinator MAB Sweden and coordinator for Biosphere Reserve Vänern Archipelago Kinnekulle.



Analysis & Discussion about successful networks





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For additional details on this session contact Katja Bonnevier.