special Workshop on Social Monitoring of Biosphere Reserves
will precede the meeting of the BRIM (Biosphere Reserve Integrated
Monitoring) Programme, hosted by the Global Terrestrial Observing
System (GTOS) at FAO Headquarters, Rome, from 2 to 3 September
The main objectives of this two-day meeting of international
experts are to give an overview on socio-economic monitoring
initiatives of Biosphere Reserves, to discuss about relevant
dimensions, indicators and data of socio-economic monitoring;
inter-linkages between biological and social dimensions of
biosphere reserves and methods of integration; implementation
of a monitoring strategy; best practice examples of socio-economic
monitoring from different fields.
The results of the workshop shall contribute to the main BRIM
meeting from 4 to 6 September, strengthening and enhancing
current endeavours in the field of social monitoring with
specific regard to Biosphere Reserves, but with clear links
to the overall sustainable development of human-nature interactions
on a global scale.
workshop is organised by GSF (Gesellschaft für sozio:ökonomische
Forschung - Center for Socio:Economic Research), Potsdam,
Germany, and supported by the German Nature Conservation Agency
(BfN). All participants will be provided at the workshop with
the preparatory and other documents relevant to social monitoring.
Despite limited space all interested persons (e.g. from the
social sciences, from monitoring institutions, from nature
conservation initiatives) are invited to participate in the
workshop. The fee is 75 Euro (reduced: 50) for non-MAB/BRIM-members
and non-participants of the following BRIM meeting. Interested
persons are kindly asked to announce their participation via
e-mail by 25
For further information please contact:
P.O. Box 60 07 47
Phone: ++49 (0) 331 90 04 57
The workshop will begin on Sunday 2 September 2001
at 14:00 and will end
Monday 3 September 2001 at 18:00. It will be
followed by the main BRIM meeting
that will begin at 9:30
on Tuesday 4 September 2001. Info on main
The meeting will take place in the Canada
Room at FAO HQ (located at Circo Massimo,
subway line B), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla', I-00100 Rome,
of the workshop
address - N.N., MAB Italy
Welcome address - Jürgen Nauber, Federal Agency
for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany
Agenda overview, Research questions - Wiebke Lass,
Relevance and meaning of social monitoring of Biosphere
Reserves in the context of sustainable development
Reserves as Models for Sustainable Development? - Lenelis
Context of Integrated Socioeconomic and Biological Monitoring
- Robert G. Lee, Discussion
Monitoring in the Socio-Economic Context - Nguyen Hoang
of days session
Indicators, Systems, and Integration
for Socio-economic Monitoring: the Perspective of Millennium
Assessment - Gerhard Petschel-Held, Discussion
Well-Being of Nations and the Sustainability of Biosphere
Reserves - An Integrated Monitoring Approach - Robert
Monitoring of Biosphere Reserves - Lessons from Sustainability
Indicators - Bedrich Moldan
Database for socioeconomic monitoring - N.N.
of both contributions
Implementation Strategy and Management Issues
Indicators for Participatory Protected Area Establishment:
The Experience from Papua New Guinea - Flip van Helden,
Diversity and Participation as Basis for Integrated Biosphere
Reserve Monitoring - James Handawela, Discussion
and best practice: Measuring the effectiveness of the
Phoenix arising from the Table Mountain ashes - Sandra
the Workshop results
results will be presented at the subsequent BRIM meeting on
Tuesday 4 September.
The two main airports are Fiumicino airport (sometimes
called Leonardo da Vinci airport, 36 km west of Rome) and
Ciampino airport (16km southeast of Rome, but used primarily
for charter flights). The site http://www.adr.it/
provides details on the two airports.
from Fiumicino airport to a hotel near FAO HQ should cost
approximately lit. 80.000 (slightly less than US$ 40).
notes of caution:
1. Only use taxis at
the official taxi stand outside
the arrivals hall (ignore other offers in arrivals hall).
It is not advisable to accept rides from unauthorized taxis
either at the airport or at the railway station - go to the
Please be aware that EVEN in the taxi stand there may
be unofficial taxis. Official taxis must have a clock/counter
on the dashboard.
Ask for an estimate of the fare before departure. The average
cost of a taxi ride from Fiumicino to FAO HQ is about lit.
80,000 but will vary on the day, time, and heavy luggage (in
any case you should not pay more than Lit 100,000).
Remember to have Italian Liras with you so that you can pay
the taxi driver on arrival.
Bring with you the details of your hotel or of FAO HQ: Ask
to be taken ("mi può portare a") e.g. FAO,
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla. If you need a receipt for
the taxi ride, please ask the taxi-driver ("posso avere
Please ask the Hotel or FAO staff for assistance if you have
any problems with the taxi drivers on arrival.
You can take a train from the airport (direction Fara Sabina
- every 20 minutes, less frequent on Sundays) to Ostiense
Station (lit. 8,000), and then take a short taxi ride (lit.
10,000-12,000) to your hotel.
Or you can take a train from the airport directly to Stazione
Termini (the main station, lit. 15,000), then take a taxi
to your hotel (if near FAO, lit. 10,000-15,000). Note these
trains are less frequent. At Termini Station you can also
take the subway (linea B) to Circo Massimo (direzione/direction
Laurentina). You will find the FAO gate entrance directly
in front of you as you go up the steps of the subway station.
The tickets for the Subway can be bought at a "Tabaccheria"
at the Airport and Termini Station and from the automatic
machines at the subway station (which is signposted and directly
under Termini Station). The cost of the subway ticket is lit.
precautions: Keep luggage close to you at all time while on
the train, subways, and air terminals.
of groups of young children approaching you while walking
around the city, on buses, or in the subway. Note that often
an item of clothing or a newspaper is used to hide the hands
"at work" and accomplices may create diversions
to distract you.
Hotels in walking distance of FAO HQ (prices include breakfast).
Some Hotels offer discounts to individuals attending FAO meetings,
please ask for details when making your booking. NA
= Not Available
via delle Terme di Deciane, 3
tel: (39-06) 575-0958
fax: (39-06) 570-958
Piazza Sant'Anselmo, 2
tel: (39-06) 574-5174/574-3547
fax: (39-06) 578-3604
via di Santa Prisca, 11/b
tel: (39-06) 574-6135/574-6189
fax: (39-06) 5730-0044
largo dei Gelsomini, 25
tel: (39-06) 574-1917/575-0469
fax: (39-06) 574-6658
via Capo d'Africa, 47
tel: (39-06) 7045-0615
fax: (39-06) 731-1311
via Labicana, 744
tel: (39-06) 770-021
fax: (39-06) 700-5781
via S.S. Quattro, 35
tel: (39-06) 7049-5333
fax: (39-06) 709-6377
on FAO HQ
Official FAO working hours are from 08.30 to 17.00.
The staff of hotels near FAO will be able to explain how to
get to the building. In most cases one can easily walk in
less than 15 minutes.
Once you arrive, please enter FAO through building A, at the
front of the complex, and go to the reception desk. There
should be a visitors building pass for you, which will give
you access to the entire building. The security staff will
be able to help you find the room you require.
FAO is a non-smoking organization. Smoking
is not permitted inside any of the FAO buildings.
is a travel agency, a newsagent, a post office, a bank, and
eating facilities (although these have been reduced recently
due to construction works) on FAO premises which are open
from Mondays to Fridays only.
points within FAO
Sessa: tel. 06-5705-6519 or 56519 for internal calls.
Stephanie Vertecchi: tel. 06-5705-2565 or 52565 for
temperature in Rome in September is usually pleasantly warm
and sunny (22-26 degrees Celsius at mid-day) with many Romans
still going to the beach. However in the month of September
thunderstorms can occur so it is also advisable to bring appropriate
clothes for this eventuality.
inform us if you require an official letter of invitation
for the meeting to apply for a visa.
exchange rates are approximately 1USD = Lit. 2170 = 1.1 Euro.
The most up to date exchange rate can be obtained from the
following site: http://www.xe.com/ucc/.
Presentations and Equipment
conference will be equipped with overhead (light) projectors
and electronic projectors to give PowerPoint presentations
from a PC. It is advisable that CD-ROM and overhead acetate
backups should also be brought by participants to overcome
all eventualities. Please note that only the Canada Room,
which will only be used for breakouts, has Internet access.
are encouraged to bring their own PC as only two will be available
from the conference organizers and materials will need to
be prepared during the meeting.
machines will be available on request.
Other useful links
information on Rome
(use arrow bottom right to scan through pictures of Rome).
participants will be provided with the documents for the meeting
before (electronically) and at the meeting.
FAO :: Global Terrestrial Observing
System - GTOS :: 16 May 2002