DAAD East-West Dialogue 2020: University Dialogue with countries of the Western Balkan
UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as model sites for sustainable development
Due to the current travel restrictions to contain the Coranavirus pandemic, the DAAD Summer School originally planned for 2020 (see also DAAD East-West Dialogue 2019) will unfortunately not be able to take place. As an alternative, CEEM and its partners have put together two digital packages of measures, which both address the main topics of the project and also contribute to the fulfilment of the original project goals. Alternatively, the project team decided to implement two packages of digital measures which support the two main project topics as well as our original project objectives:
A. Integration of Conservation Standards into academic teaching and research
The Teaching Adaptive Management Network (TAM) in Europe offers a platform for all universities that have established a course for Adaptive Management/Conservation Standard (AM/CS) or are interested in establishing one. TAM supports networking and exchange of experience as well as the development of further cooperation between the participating universities and with the associated coaching network CCNet Europe. The following measures will be implemented remotely resp. virtually:
- Individual technical support to partner universities;
- Development of teaching materials (real-world application);
- Strategic Planning TAM Europe and European TAM-Meeting.
B. Potentials of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as model sites for sustainable development
In consultation with the Biosphere Centre, the following measures are planned along the second thematic priority:
- Assessment of the status quo and possibilities for integrating the topic into the academic teaching and research of the partner universities;
- Conception of contents and coordination of methodological tools;
- Production of digital teaching materials;
- Post-processing, including a standardized design framework;
- Sharing of teaching videos and public provision via digital media channels.
Contributions on the history of protected area concepts, milestones of international agreements for nature conservation and sustainable development and the foundation of the UNESCO MAB programme will provide an introduction to the topic, followed by explanations of management, functional zoning schemes or possible organizational structures of biosphere reserves. Further presentations will provide information on ecosystem-based planning approaches, public participation or green economies. The topics are prepared in the form of slide casts (presentations with audio commentary and pictures of the teacher), statements or ‘selfie videos’, on-site interviews or mini-documentaries. The individual contributions are bundled in a standardized framework design as an online course and exchanged among the project partners. In addition, a learning platform is planned to be set up on the Biosphere Centre website.
- Further education of the partners through international cooperation in teaching;
- Fostering practice-oriented academic teaching in ecosystem management with the involvement of conservation practitioners;
- Strengthening the existing network to introduce long-term partnerships with a portfolio of joint teaching and research.
Partner: University of Tirana (Albania), University of Prishtina (Kosovo), University of Donja Gorica (Montenegro) and University of Ioannina (Greece).
Project Duration: 03 – 12 2020
The project is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
by means of the German Federal Foreign Office