Biosphere Connections

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The Biosphere Connections partnership with the Star Alliance Network

The Star Alliance Network has established a partnership agreement - Biosphere Connections – with a group of international organisations promoting environmental sustainability:
Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971
UNESCO Man & Biosphere Programme (MAB)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Biosphere Connections aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The initiative teams the Star Alliance network of airlines with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Biosphere Connections will use the communications activities of the four partners - including Web sites, publications, events, and in-flight entertainment systems, and will also provide the airline connections of the Star Alliance to help connect the people and places of IUCN, MAB and Ramsar in their daily work.

The overall purpose is to contribute to the promotion and conservation of biodiversity, and the sustainable use of natural resources in all the countries and regions that Star Alliance member airlines operate, by connecting the networks offered by all the constituent partner organisations.

Biosphere Connections Newsletters

December 2013
September 2013
July 2013

Ramsar Update 2013

Star Alliance and their three partners IUCN, The Ramsar Convention and UNESCO MAB have decided to renew their agreement and to continue with the programme until at least end of 2014.

Ramsar Update 2012

As a Conference year, 2012 was rather special with a need to bring many Ramsar Contracting Party contacts to the global triennial conference in Bucharest, Romania. The Biosphere Connections budget was spent bringing 13 key contacts from Asia and the Neotropics to Bucharest.

Ramsar Update 2011

The partnership is now its second triennium period. Ramsar  has benefitted immensely from the travel support from the Star Alliance network enabling 79 key Ramsar  contacts, including representatives from the Ramsar Administrative Authorities within Ramsar member countries and wetland experts to attend meetings and  workshops on wetland issues from 2009-2011. Towards the end of  2011 the Ramsar  Secretariat organized regional meetings in the run-up to the Convention's  triennial  Conference of the Parties in Romania in 2012 and the travel support was put to good use in bringing key national contacts to  these important meetings. In the European region, 21 Ramsar contacts were able to travel to their regional meeting in Slovakia while 12 contacts in Asia were able to travel to their regional meeting in Indonesia. In addition to this, four Ramsar experts were able to travel to wetland-related meetings in the Neotropics, Asia and Europe bringing the grand total of travellers to 37 for the year.

Agreement renewed until end of 2012 

The partners met last week in Gland, Switzerland to sign the agreement with Star Alliance on Biosphere Connections. [31/05/2011]

Anada Tiéga, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, signing the renewed agreement

Star Alliance’s new campaign features two Ramsar Sites

On 30 March 2011, Star Alliance launched its new brand campaign featuring the Alliance’s “Biosphere Connections” initiative. Five high quality films are now being completed by the National Geographic team who shot them in the USA, Turkey, Brazil, Tanzania and India. Read full article here. 

The partners for this initiative:

UNESCO Man & Biosphere Programme

Global network of internationally recognised ecosystems designated as biosphere reserves, currently numbering 507 sites in 102 countries. Reserves exist in all countries served by Star Alliance airlines, and in many they include World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) brings together governments, more than 800 NGOS, and 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Created in 1948 and supported by 1,000 staff in more than 60 countries, IUCN is the world’s largest environmental network for dialogue,
science and action on sustainable development.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are 168 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with more than 2,000 Ramsar Sites, totaling above 200 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

The Star Alliance Network

The Star Alliance Network shares the long-term goals of the partner organisations - to seek conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in biosphere reserves, world heritage sites, wetlands and the sustainable development of human communities and the ecosystems they depend on. The Star Alliance Network wishes to support these internationally recognised organisations, and carriers’ efforts to improve environmental management, demonstrate commitment to the long-term health and well-being of society and the planet.
Less than two years after the alliance was founded in 1997, on 3 May 1999, the then member carriers signed an Environmental Commitment Statement outlining six principles that would “challenge us to reduce our impact on the environment and maintain a healthy balance between progress and environmental sustainability.”

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