Story | 27 Oct, 2021

Webinar: Internationally designated areas and climate change

During the UN climate conference in Glasgow, IUCN, in partnership with Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, will hold an online webinar on assessing and addressing climate change through internationally designated (IDAs) areas, such as World Heritage sites, Ramsar Sites, Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks.

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Group of experts on Jeju Island, which holds all four international designations

Photo: IUCN / Paul Dingwall

Some of these areas are so special sites that they are simultaneously recognised under several of these designations, all of which have environmental conservation at their heart. The webinar will also consider the particular contributions of these multi-internationally designated areas (MIDAs).

Event details

“Internationally designated areas (IDAs) and climate change: assessing and addressing climate change through IDAs”

  • 9 November 2021
  • 9am-11:30am CET
  • Online
  • Registration required: here.

Through presentations and an expert panel discussion, we will explore how to address climate change by optimising the conservation of IDAs, including MIDAs. Topics include: sharing and scaling up solutions; harmonising implementation of climate change tools and policies across Conventions; and identifying knowledge gaps for research and opportunities for training.

Speakers and panellists

Peter Shadie, Senior Advisor, IUCN World Heritage Programme
Martha Marie Vogel, Junior Professional Officer, UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme
Soo Jae Lee, Honorary Chief Researcher, Korea Environment Institute
Beom-Sik Yoo, Senior Advisor for Asia and Oceania, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Secretariat
Prof. Dae-Yeun Jeong, Professor, Asia Climate Change Education Centre
Barbara Engels, Head of International Nature Conservation, Bundesamt für Naturschutz

Further reading

Schaaf, T. and Clamote Rodrigues, D. (2016). Managing MIDAs: Harmonising the management of Multi-Internationally Designated Areas: Ramsar Sites, World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.