A special meeting on the BRIM (Biosphere Reserve Integrated
Monitoring) Programme will be hosted by the Global Terrestrial
Observing System (GTOS) at FAO Headquarters, Rome, from 4
to 6 September 2001.
objectives of this three-day meeting are to elaborate options
and recommendations for the integration of socio-economic
aspects of monitoring in BRIM and to advise on how BRIM can
effectively collaborate with, and assist in, the implementation
of other monitoring endeavors. The meeting will also foster
the role of BRIM as a platform for the integration of results
of abiotic, biodiversity and socio-economic monitoring. Moreover,
it is hoped that the meeting will also identify joint pilot
projects in the area of integrated monitoring.
The main meeting will begin on Tuesday 4 September 2001
at 9:30 and will end 6
September 2001 at 13:00.
It will be preceded by a consultation on socio-economic issues
that will begin in the afternoon of Sunday 2 September 2001.
will take place in the Lebanon Room at FAO HQ (located at
Circo Massimo, subway ("Metro") line 'linea B',
subway stop 'Viale delle Terme di Caracalla', I-00100 Rome,
Opening of the meeting
2. Adoption of the Agenda
3. Self-introduction by
4. Presentation of the
institutional context and objectives of the meeting
5. Presentation on BRIM
5.1Overview of BRIM
5.2 MAB Flora / Fauna
5.3 Relationship between
BRIM and global and regional change initiatives
5.4 Status of monitoring
in the MAB Regional Networks
6. Presentation of the
outcome of the Workshop on the Socio-economic Aspects of Monitoring
7. Presentations of
individual programmes and initiatives
9. Constitution of working
groups based on themes and issues arising from presentations
10. Working groups
11. Presentations of Working
Groups -outcome and discussion
12. Establishment of a
drafting group to prepare recommendations and plan of action
996633 Identification of joint pilot projects in the area
of integrated monitoring
14. Finalization of recommendations,
plan of action, and identification of joint pilot projects
15. Final session
16. Closure of the meeting
will be held on Tuesday 4 September at 17:30 in the Blue bar
(8th floor) of FAO HQ. Participants of the meeting are warmly
invited to come and meet MAB and FAO officials and enjoy the
drinks and snacks.
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.
information on Rome
(use arrow bottom right to scan through pictures of Rome).
Document 1 - Introduction to the BRIM meeting
Document 2 - Description of monitoring programmes and
their links with BRIM
Document 3 - Provisional list of participants
4 - Centre for International Earth Science Information
Document 5 - BirdLife International
6 - Feasibility Study on the on the Implementing GIS
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