UNESCO Biosphere Reserves Nordic Cooperation: Fostering Nordic Sense of Belonging

Organized by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme 18. October 2015

Led by of two First Nations leaders (Sami and Innu) and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves' national coordinators (Sweden and Canada), the presentation will present UNESCO's biosphere reserves program: a world network of sustainable development learning sites.

The focus will be on its Nordic cooperation network (NordMAB), its vision and concrete realisations in the following 2 fields: Fostering Northern sense of belonging and Usage of traditional knowledge. The presentation will include a 5 minutes video of the "NordMAB Students on ice" 2015 Arctic expedition (114 youth in Greenland and Canadian arctic) that presents a call for action on Climate Changes, as well as outcomes of the collaboration agreement between Sweden’s Samis and Quebec's Innus. 


  • Jean-Philippe L Messier, NordMAB leader and National Chair of Canadian Biosphere Reserves
  • Johanna MacTaggart, National MAB coordinator, Sweden
  • Tobias Johnson, Chief, Gran Sami village, Sweden
  • Raymond Rousselot, Vice-Chief, Pessamit Innu Community, Québec