The 8th Meeting of the South & Central Asia MAB (SACAM) Network was organized on 24-25 October 2016 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Titled “Biosphere Reserves and Sustainable Development,” it was attended by 65 participants including those from SACAM member countries. The aim was to discuss how to jointly promote BRs to serve as models for sustainable development.
Barsakelmes Biosphere Reserve (Kazakhstan) has received the UNESCO certificate on the inclusion to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, as per the decision made by member states of the MAB International Coordinating Council in its 28th session on 19 March 2016 (Lima, Peru). Three delegates were approved as Bureau members of SACAM Network for the next biennium period: Mr. Roman Jashenko (Kazakhstan) as a Chairperson, Ms. Amita Prasad (India) as a Vice-Chairperson and Mr. Ram Prasad Chaudhary as a Rapporteur. The meeting was divided into five plenary sessions, one of them was devoted to presention and discussion of the national reports of the SACAM participating countries.
The main results of the meeting were the updated Statues of the SACAM Network and the Meeting Recommendations, both documents will be published in the "Bulletin of the Al-Farabi Kazakh Nartional University, geographical series».
The 8th SACAM meeting recommendations were aimed at implementing the principles of the Lima Action Plan into the national MAB Action Plans to strengthen the cooperation within SACAM network. Meeting approved membeship of new member states: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After the main sessions, a thematic tour to the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University was organized with a visit to the university museums, as well as an additional session on the activities of the University as a global hub of the United Nations on sustainable development and the presentation of the UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Development.
Tethys Scientific Society on behalf of Kazakhstan National MAB Committee