5-country Biosphere Reserve Conference Mura-Drava-Danube

SAVE THE DATE and let’s celebrate the first anniversary of the 5-country biosphere reserve Mura-Drava-Danube from 5th-8th of September in Gornja Radgona (SI) and Bad Radkersburg (AT)!

Invitation 5-country Biosphere Reserve conference
Confluence of rivers
Drava-Danube confluence in sunset © Ante Gugić

The Mura-Drava-Danube river system, which was designated by UNESCO in September 2021 as the world’s first ‘5-country biosphere reserve’, represents an international model for transboundary cooperation in conservation and sustainable regional development. The first anniversary of this historic milestone will be marked with a 5-country biosphere reserve conference including the final conference of the lifelineMDD project. The designation of the 5-country biosphere reserve Mura-Drava-Danube (TBR MDD) heralds a new era where nature and people coexist in this beautiful part of Europe.

You are cordially invited to join us from 5th to 8th September 2022 on the Mura River, in the Austrian-Slovenian border area in Bad Radkersburg and Gornja Radgona, for a varied programme with high-level speakers, workshops, excursions to the TBR MDD area and opportunities for informal exchange. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunity to celebrate with local food, drinks and music.

During the conference, the opportunities and possibilities for proper management and development will be highlighted and ways of how to achieve them outlined. Compelling and successful examples from other river areas and TBRs in Europe will be a source of inspiration, give courage, stimulate ideas and increase the motivation to commit to the implementation of the biosphere reserve. Past and ongoing initiatives and achievements will serve as a starting point and will be honoured and put in the spotlight. Future potentials will be identified and how to realise them discussed. 

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