EuroMAB Conference, Dublin, 2019

Dublin Bay Biosphere will host EuroMAB 2019, a biennial four-day conference for stakeholders from 302 UNESCO Biospheres in 36 countries across Europe and North America. This is an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss collective approaches to managing the interactions between people and nature to support the conservation and celebration of natural and cultural heritage, and ultimately to test innovative solutions to promote sustainable development. EuroMAB 2019 will welcome and inspire practitioners, managers, policy-makers, researchers, educators, ecologists, scientists, social entrepreneurs, creatives and community leaders to Ireland in April 2019 to meet with the stakeholders of Dublin Bay Biosphere and to experience the unique character of the bay, its communities and its biodiversity.

Biospheres are internationally recognised for their biodiversity yet also actively managed to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature. This special designation is awarded by UNESCO and managed in partnership by communities, NGOs and local and national governments. Its purpose is to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature today.

North Bull Island was designated as a ‘first generation’ Biosphere in 1981 because of the rare and internationally important habitats and species found there. In 2015, this Biosphere was expanded to cover a substantial part of Ireland’s capital city and all of Dublin Bay, reflecting its environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance. It is one of a new generation of Biospheres, trialling innovative solutions to conservation and sustainable development issues in an urban context.

EuroMAB 2019 will showcase the very best that Dublin Bay Biosphere has to offer, from folklore to food, seascapes to set-dancing, boats to barnacles and curlews to craic. An event not to be missed!


Venue - Dublin Castle

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction.

EuroMAB 2019, Dublin Castle, 2nd – 5th April 2019