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First World Non-Formal Education Forum
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SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2018: Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Development Management, Tourism and Local Products in Biosphere Reserves (BRs)

This was the forth in the series of Summer Univesities that have been previously held in Amfissa (2014), Samothraki (2016) and Sardinia (2017), that all foccused around the topics of designation and functioning of Biosphere Reserves (BR) / within the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme of UNESCO. This year the Summer University was held in the wider area of Parnon in Greece (see places of interest pinned on a map). It focused on issues of sustainable management, tourism and local products, while it aimed to contribute in the preparation of the nomination dossier of Parnon to enter the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (see here the detailed daily programme).

The course was atttended by more than 50 participants from 15 countries. The participants followed theoretic presentations, did a series of field visits in the Parnon area, and they were also engaged in intensive group work in three thematic areas: (A) Candidature of a BR ; (B) Education for Sustainable Development in a BR; and (C) Local products and Tourism. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to interact with the locals in two public events one designed as an open consultation and the other as a public event to announce their results.


Journalists and media may circulate information about the event using the following material:

Press Release in GREEK language (DOC)

Press Release in ENGLISH language (DOC)

Selected  high quality photos (rar)

A short video-diary prepared by the Management Body of Parnon, Moustos, Mainalon and Monemnvasia (LINK)



- Speakers' Presentations -

During the week long event the following presentations were given by invited speakers (in order of appearance in the agenda).

Filippo Lenzerini, Introduction to the MAB UNESCO Programme

Christina Kalatha, The case of the Parnon Nomination

Filippo Lenzerini, Milestones for a BR application process

Sonia Ferrari Place Marketing Strategies for Sustainable Development in a BR

Sotiris Bollis, Althernative Events that become Development Tools

Filippo Lenzerini, Branding Strategies for a BR

Katerina Pantazi, Flora Information Centre of Mount Parnon in Leonidio

Michael Scoullos, Integrative Methodological Framework for Management of a BR

Michael Scoullos, The Importance of the Parnon Nomination to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (in Greek, given on the public event of 12/7)

Evaggelos Pappas, The canditature process of the Parnon-Maleas to the WNBRs (in Greek, given on the public event of 12/7)

Michael Scoullos, Education for Sustainable Development & the Biosphere Reserves

Argyris Boglis, The protected areas of Parnon Moustos, Mainalon and Monemvasia: the Role of the Management Body

Panagiotis Dimopoulos, Plant and habitats diversity in Greece: the case study of Mt Parnon

Presentation and Guided tour
Common species, Rare plants, Local endemic plants of Parnon

Vassilis Psallidas, Local Products & Tourism

- Participants' Contributions-
Participants were asked to prepare and present interesting management cases from the Biosphere Reserves of their countries. Here is what they shared with us (in alphabetic order of country).

Marcela Mele, Albania

Asma Chaker, Algeria

Katrin Tomova, Bulgaria

Mak  Vujanovic, Croatia

Sara Stemberger,  Croatia

Antonia Theodosiou, Cyprus

Attiat Mohamed,  Egypt

Merna Abdelazim, Egypt

Angeliki Ourouzi, Greece

Caterina Palombo, Italy

Chiara Viappiani, Italy

Andrea Colombelli, Italy

Maria Luisa Mason, Italy

Petra Trcek, Slovenia

Amel Mechemech, Tunisia

Ezzine Olfa, Tunisia

Sophia Craddock, UK

Sara Parkov, Serbia


Participants were engaged in intensive group work around three thematic areas: (A) Candidature of a BR (tutored by F. Lenzerini, M Scoullos and A. Panitsas); (B) Education for Sustainable Development in a BR (tutored by I. Alampei and V. Malotidi); and (C) Local products and Tourism (tutored by V. Psallidas and A. Boglis). The results / recommendations of each working group are presented below.

GROUP A: Candidature of a BR

GROUP B: Education for Sustainable Development

GROUP C: Local Products & Tourism


  • Agricultural Cooperative of Molai - Pakoi (olive oil factory) site (only Greek)
  • Center for Environmental Education (CEE) Molai site
  • “Fabrica of Culture” Promotion Center of Agricultural History and the Sea Road in Eastern Peloponnese (Leonidio) site
  • Information Manual: Protected Area of Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland PDF
  • Management Body of Parnon, Moustos, Mainalon and Monemvasia site
  • Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) site
  • Mediterranean Education Initative for Environment and Sustainabilty (MEdIES) site
  • Monemvasia Winery (Malvasia wine) site
  • Plant guide to Mount Parnon and Moustos wetland protected area. Endemic, rare and threatened species. PDF
  • Regional Development Company of Parnonas S.A. site
  • VIDEO Biosphere Reserve Parnon – Maleas (3.5 min video)
  • VIDEO Bioshere Reserve Parnon - Maleas (27 min documentary video) (in Greek)


Please devote 10-15 min to evaluate the Summer University. LINK TO QUESTIONAIRE


In this dropbox link you can view and download photos of Vassilis and Andreas: DROPBOX 1

Argiris kindly shared with us his dropbox link:  MAB-UNESCO Parnon-Maleas.rar DROPBOX 2

You are welcome to share your photos by sending us your link, to upload here.


Sepected photos from the entire week, Credit: Vassilis Psallidas / MIO

Opening Session- Mr Filippo Lenzerini, assigned expert form UNESCO Venice Office


Writting our expectations and commitments

Evening walk at Leonidio

Ms Sonia Ferrari presenting the Place Marketing Strategies for SD in a BR

Visit to the Tsikaliotis Mansion (Museum)

Educational activities at the Fabrica Cultural Centre

The evaluation of the day

Mr Dimopoulos presents the flora of Parnon & related EU Policy (MAES) at the Kastanitsa Environmental Centre

Interviewing a local at Kastanitsa village

Visit at the mountain of Parnon

Visit at the traditional village of Prastos

Group work

Visiting the Geraki Medieval town

More group work ...

Visit to the Olive Oil Producers Association of Molaoi-Pakoi

Presentation on ESD by Prof Scoullos

The working groups presented their work and outcomes

Certificates awarding

Family photo (at Elonas Monastery)


The Summer University was co-organised and supported by:

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe


The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (www.mio-ecsde.org) through its educational initiative MEdIES (www.medies.net).

OIKOM Environmental Studies Ltd


Regional Development Company of Parnonas

Management Body of Parnon, Moustos, Mainalon and Monemvasia


The UNESCO Chair and Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean of the University of Athens


The Greek National Committee of Man and the Bioshere Program of UNESCO

Centre of Encironmental Education (CEE) of Molaoi


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