The 6th EABRN International Training Workshop

Sponsored by UNESCO Beijing Office with the support of the Republic of Korea National Commission for UNESCO and the Korean Ministry of Environment, HIST organized the 6th EABRN International Training Workshop in collaboration with the EABRN Secretariat at UNESCO Beijing office, HIST Harbin Base, Wudalianchi Administration Committee and Chinese National Committee for MAB.With 19 participants from BRs of 10 Asian countries and over 10 lecturers from Asia as well as Europe and Africa, the training workshop lasted over ten days, comprising lectures, field studies and interactive exchanges on the sustainable management of biosphere reserves.
The opening ceremony of the training workshop was held on the morning of May 20 and was presided over by HIST Executive Deputy Director and Secretary-General Mr. Hong Tianhua. Representative of UNESCO Beijing Office Dr. Hans Thulstrup, Nature and Ecology Conservation Department Deputy Director-General of the Chinese Environmental Protection Ministry Mr. Bai Chengshou, Wudalianchi Administration Committee Director Mr. Qu Shuguang, Vice Chair of the MAB National Committee of Korea Ms. Shim Suk-Kyung, HIST Harbin Base Director Prof. Ni Hongwei, “State Recruited expert of China” at HIST Dr. N. Ishwaran and the trainees’ representative made speeches at the ceremony.
After the opening ceremony, the signing ceremony on establishing Wudalianchi as the Research & Training Base of HIST was held. Authorized by HIST Director Guo Huadong, Hong Tianhua, on behalf of HIST, signed an agreement with Wudalianchi Administration Committee Director Qu Shuguang concerning the setup of the HIST Research & Training Base.

Moderator Hong Tianhua

Address by Hans Thulstrup

Address by Qu Shuguang

Address by Shim Suk-Kyung

Address by Bai Chengshou

Address by Ni Hongwei

Representative of lecturers - N.Ishwaran

Representative of trainees - Elena Potikha

HIST- Wudalianchi administration committee MOU signing

Opening ceremony

Focused on the topic of “Sustainable Management of BRs”, the training workshop was divided into two aspects. The first aspect is basic knowledge training, the second aspect is field visits and experience exchange meeting, etc. Featuring diverse curriculum settings, extensive coverage as well as combination of theory with practice, the training workshop was universally welcomed by the trainees.
Throughout the basic knowledge training ,more than 10 lecturers gave lectures at the training workshop, including Noeline Raondry from the Secretariat of UNESCO “Man and the Biosphere” Program, Hans Thulstrup from UNESCO Beijing Office, UNESCO ERAIFT Director Michel Baudouin and Prof. Raymond Lumbuenamo and Prof. Serge Riazanoff, Vice Chair of the MAB National Committee of Korea Ms. Shim Suk-Kyung, Northeast Forestry University Professor Chang Ying, Ministry of Environmental Protection Senior Engineer Liu Xiaoman, RADI/HIST Research fellows Mr Liu Jianbo and Mr. Wang Cheng, HIST Executive Deputy Director and General-Secretary Mr. Hong Tianhua, “State Recruited expert of China” Mr. N. Ishwaran, Representative of the Chinese National Committee for MAB Ms. Ma Xuerong, from HIST Harbin Base Research Fellow Ms. Jia Li and Associate Research Fellow Ms. Huang Qingyang, and Mr. Li Xiangyu from Tongji University.

Li Xiangyu: “Presentation and demonstration of
unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operation,
data collection”

Ma Xuerong: “General policy and status of World BRs in China ”

Hong Tianhua: “How HIST serves the
conservation of biosphere reserves”

Liu Xiaoman: “Natural and ecological
conservation in China”

N.Ishwaran: “Sustainable development and world
network of biosphere reserves (BR) ”

Hans: “Sustainable management of biosphere reserves: case studies from the EABRN”

Si Yongchao: “Best practices in the conservation
and management of Wudalianchi BR”

Chang Ying: “Resources Evaluation and
Protection of Dryopteris Fragrans in
Heilongjiang Province”

Suk-Kyung Shim: “Sustainable management of
BR/BRs in the Republic of Korea”

Chimeddulam Nergui: “Sustainable management of BR/BRs in Mongolia”

Liu Jianbo: “Earth observation system in China
and virtual ground receiving station”

Wang Cheng: “Basic knowledge of space technologies for ecological biodiversity”

Noëline, “The global MAB strategy: the role of
BRs for sustainable development including
in Africa”

Serge, “Getting free earth observation and
meteorological data for a sustainable development
of biosphere reserves”

Raymond Lumbuenamo, “The Luki Biosphere
Reserve: best practices for forest cover loss
mitigation through farmers stabilization”

Michel , “ERAIFT’s contributions to the
sustainable management of biosphere reserves in
DRC: building capacity”

Jia Li : “Public participation in the sustainable
management of world biosphere reserve”

Huang Qingyang: “Study on Plant Diversity and Vegetation in Wudalianchi”

The second aspect of training content is Wudalianchi biosphere reserve field visits and experience exchange meeting, etc.
During the weekend of May 23-24, the trainees made a field tour to core areas of Wudalianchi Biosphere Reserve, including Wudalianchi World Geological Park Museum, Wenpo Scenic Area, Longmen Stone Village Scenic Area, Volcanic Barrier Lake Scenic Area, Crystal Palace and Bailong Cave Lava Tunnel Scenic Area, Yaoquan Scenic Area and Gelaqiu Volcano — Crater Lake Scenic Area. Laoheishan (a new volcano) and Flower like Lava, as well as the new town of the residents who had been relocated from the core area. During the 2-day field trip, the trainees learnt in detail the unique, colorful and complete history of volcanic eruption and the geological evolution process of Wudalianchi, enjoyed the Driblet Cones and Driblet Dishes, visited the lava tunnel Scenic Area(Ice in the tunnel never melts all year round) and tasted the natural cold mineral water with abundant bioactive ingredients.
During the visit to the new town, the trainees saw that Wudalianchi Administration Committee had relocated the residents from the original core area to a new town outside the scenic zone. The unprecedented large-scale ecological relocation not only improved the living standard of local residents, but also better protected the scenery of the core area.

Study tour to “ Wudalianchi Global
Geopark Museum ”

Study tour to “North Spring and
South Spring”

Study tour to “Laohei Volcano Scenic Area”

Study tour to “Stone Sea”

On May 26, the trainees communicated with each other and benefited a lot mutually. The trainees made reports individually on the current situation of development, protection and management of the BRs that they worked for. They made heated discussions, actively communicated with and learned from each other. In the report, the trainees displayed the styles and features of the biospheres across the world via video and pictures, etc. The communication and interaction is another highlight of the training workshop. Through communications, the trainees deepened their mutual understanding, exchanged views and set up a platform for international cooperation.

Study tour to “ Wudalianchi Global
Geopark Museum ”

Study tour to “North Spring and
South Spring”

On the morning of May 27, lecturers’ representatives met with all the trainees and made suggestions on how to better promote the development of BRs. The symposium was presided over by Hong Tianhua. At the meeting, Ms. Noeline Raondry from the Secretariat of UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program, UNESCO ERAIFT Director Michel Baudouin and Prof. Raymond Lumbuenamo, French space technology expert Serge Riazanoff and the trainees’ representative made speeches respectively. They shared what they had seen and felt during the field trip to Wudalianchi with each other and reached a consensus that Wudalianchi bears very rare natural resources and diverse geologic conditions and magnificent landforms. It is commendable that Wudalianchi made a huge investment in the relocation of residents from the original core area to a new town for the purpose of better protection, management and development of the nature reserve. The move reflects the concept of harmony between human and nature of the “Man and the Biosphere Program”.

Forum site

On the afternoon of May 27, the outward bound started. During the outward bound, the trainees were divided into 3 groups with 4 small games. They cooperated with each other in the activity and completed all the tasks assigned by the Organizing Committee. The outward bound ended in a lively atmosphere.

Creative quality exercises

On the afternoon of May 29, the training workshop was closed in HIST Harbin Base. President of Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences and Chairman of HIST Harbin Base Governing Board Prof. Guo Chunjing, Representative of UNESCO Beijing Office Dr. Hans Thulstrup, HIST Executive Deputy Director and Secretary General Hong Tianhua, HIST Harbin Base Director Prof, Ni Hongwei, Director of Wudalianchi Nature Reserve Environmental Protection Bureau Mr, Yan Guanmin, all trainees and lecturers’ representatives as well as all staff of HIST Harbin Base attended the closing ceremony.

Closing ceremony

Address by Hans Dencker Thulstrup

Address by Guo Chunjing

The closing ceremony was presided over by Hong Tianhua. In a warm and friendly atmosphere, the participants, first of all, watched the newly-made video for the training workshop, reviewed the important moments and the great efforts of trainees and teachers during the training. Dr. Hans made a speech, congratulating on the success of the training workshop, expressing his thanks to the organizer for its careful organization and hard work and urging the trainees to apply what they had learnt to the work so as to enhance the management level. Prof. Guo Chunjing made a speech noting that the event promoted international visibility of HIST Harbin Base. He hoped to take the opportunity to complement each other’s advantages and conduct extensive cooperation with all delegates who participated in the training, so as to promote the protection and management of UNESCO-inscribed sites. Mr. Yan Guanmin indicated that it was an advanced concept and method to enhance the management of BRs by using space technologies for sustainable development, and the training workshop might promote extensive communication and achieve a synergetic effect and common development.

Two trainees expressed their sincere thanks to the organizer of the training workshop, recognized the knowledge theories and practice methods learned in the training and said that they planned to apply them in the protection and management of BRs.

Address by representative of trainees

Trainees receive course completion certificates

At the closing ceremony, the distinguished guests at the podium issued course-completion certificates to all the trainees. At last, Hong Tianhua made a summary of the training workshop. He expressed his thanks to the hard work of the organizers, acknowledged the teachers for their painstaking work and the trainees for their hard study, and expressed his sincere thanks to all the staff of the Organizing Committee for their contributions.
By far, the training workshop was successfully wrapped up. The success of the training workshop can be mainly attributed to the following factors:
(1) Diverse sources of trainees. There were a total of 19 trainees from East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, far beyond the scope of EABRN member countries.
(2) High-caliber faculty. The faculty consists of experts and scholars from 8 countries who boast solid knowledge and strong teaching ability, and they gave full play to their respective strong points and research accomplishments and brought the trainees wonderful lectures.
(3) Innovative field training. The training workshop was held for the first time at a world biosphere reserve since the foundation of EABRN. It can help the trainees apply what they have learnt to their management practices, make progress through timely communication and do more with less.
(4) Great benefits to trainees. Through the training, the trainees not only learnt the knowledge about protection and management of BRs, but also enhanced the cognition and capability of application of space technologies in management and protection of BRs. Moreover, it set up a platform for cooperation and exchange between each other in the future.
(5) The teachers and trainees benefit from each other. The trainees raised questions actively, enhancing classroom interaction and enriching the teaching content. The trainees and teachers learnt from each other - the trainees learnt theoretical knowledge from the teachers, while teachers learnt the management situation and needs of nature reserves from the trainees.
(6) Synergetic effect. The training workshop partnered with UNESCO Beijing Office, HIST, Wudalianchi Biosphere Reserve and HIST Harbin Base, involving curriculum setting, invitation of lecturers, nomination of trainees, accommodations and vehicle scheduling. In despite of the tight schedule and heavy task, all relevant organizations cooperated and coordinated closely with each other and successfully completed the tasks under the leadership of HIST.
The training workshop drew wide attention from the media. By far, over 10 news media including Xinhua News Agency, China News Service, the People’s Daily, Science and Technology Daily and China Science Daily have made special reports on the event.
Please find the all the presentations of 6th EABRN training workshop in the website link.