In three interactive workshops, the local challenges of ecological problems in the European biosphere reserves are discussed on specific topics and concrete recommendations for action and methods are jointly developed in group discussions. The first meeting on the subject of insect protection took place in November 2019 in the Berchtesgadener Land biosphere region. This highly topical subject was discussed in terms of the biosphere reserves' possibilities for insect protection. For example, the possibilities of influencing land use change towards near-natural agriculture, forestry and water management, as well as the participation of the population in municipal insect protection campaigns. Registrations for participation in the conference should be sent to kirsten.meuer[at]succow-stiftung.de.