Self-paced learning distance courses

2021-2022 Management of Biosphere Reserves and other designated areas

The course is the virtual part of the Asterousia Hybrid University on Management of Biosphere Reserves and other designated areas. Its first phase (live one) was held on 19-24 October 2021 in Asterousia Biosphere Reserve in Crete (Greece) with a restricted number of trainees so as to prepare several parts of this online course.

This self-paced 4-week-long course (10 January - 6 February 2022) aims to gather competent individuals involved in the management of Biosphere Reserves or other designated areas and offer them a co-learning space in which experiences, lessons-learned and innovative practices can be exchanged for the benefit of all.

The course in a nutshell:
- When: 10 January to 6 February 2022
- Commitment: approx. 20 hours (~5 hours/week)
- For whom: Post graduate students, young scientists, MAB youth groups, educators and managers. Priority is given to applicants from European and Mediterranean countries
- Size: up to 100 learners
- Language: English
- Certification: at least 80% test score and completion of assignments required
  • Welcome to the 2021-2022 Hybrid Asterousia University
  • Welcome messages
  • Logistics, completion rules, housekeeping notes
  • A glimpse of Asterousia
  • WEEK 1: Introduction - Setting the scene - Principles
  • Orientation - week 1
  • What does "sustainable development" mean to you?
  • The SDGs, urgent solutions for urgent times
  • The MAB Programme of UNESCO
  • A New Narrative for BRs within a COVID-19 context
  • SDGs implementation in Biosphere Reserves
  • The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
  • Euro-Mediterranean Organisations of relevance
  • From environmental to sustainable development management
  • Success factors in obtaining the status & operating a BR
  • Asterousia, a new Biosphere Reserve in Crete
  • Biodiversity & Ecosystems services in Asterousia BR
  • Test_BRs_Week_1
  • 1st Meet the Expert session 13/1/2022
  • References - Week 1
  • Evaluation - Week 1
  • Orientation - week 2
  • The Management Plan of a BR
  • Cultural landscapes and ecosystem services
  • Social capital in isolated areas as a means to sustainable development
  • Social capital in the Asterousia BR
  • Global Communication Strategy for MAB BRs (2018)
  • Methodological approaches for BR branding
  • Three ways to brand local products of BRs depending on the context
  • Stories of specific BRs responding to the COVID-19 emergency
  • Cases of sustainable businesses in Asterousia BR Part A
  • Cases of sustainable businesses in Asterousia BR Part B
  • Sustainable Destinations: the eco-tourism vision
  • Practitioners' challenges in eco-tourism management
  • Test_BRs_Week_2
  • 2nd Meet the Expert session 20/01/2022
  • References - Week 2
  • Evaluation - Week 2
  • WEEK 3: Marine issues of the coastal and marine BRs
  • WEEK 4: Role of Youth and Education for Sustainable Development
  • Final Assignment
  • E-course Final Assignment
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed