On 22nd January 2024, the workshop titled “Climate and Water Issues in UNESCO Designated Sites” was participated to enhance the team members’ understanding of environmental challenges in UNESCO-designated areas and to develop their skills in identifying and addressing these issues. The primary objective is to explore the problems, causes, and types of causes related to climate and water issues in various UNESCO sites. The workshop included a 10-minute introductory section, followed by a 15-minute exploration of designated sites. Subsequently, participants engaged in discussions within breakout rooms, where random teams researched case studies on specific UNESCO sites.
The breakout rooms were assigned to different UNESCO-designated sites, each focusing on presenting the problems and their underlying causes. For example, Room 2 studied the Red River Delta biosphere reserve, addressing issues such as water conservation practices, invasive species, high local community water usage, and shrinking agricultural land due to climate change and what causes them. Similarly, other rooms present case studies on sites such as Cibodas Biosphere Reserve, Sabah Park in Malaysia, Mae Sa-kog Ma Biosphere Reserve, Ulu Temburong National Park, Albay Biosphere Reserve, Nam Et-phou Louey National Park, Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, and Nino Konis Santana National Park.
Participants actively contributed to discussions, identifying and understanding the diverse problems in these UNESCO-designated sites, ranging from water scarcity and pollution to climate-induced challenges. Additionally, Padlet notes were used to facilitate collaboration in breakout rooms and enhance the overall learning experience. The workshop aimed to equip participants with valuable insights into the complexities of climate and water issues in diverse ecosystem, fostering problem solutions.
Some flashbacks from workshop