Biosphere Reserves

© UNDESA, 2014

Biosphere Reserves, the living laboratories for sustainable development, are sites established by countries and recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science.

In the Pacific, there are currently three Biosphere Reserves, Utwe and And Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia and Ngaremeduu in Palau. With their atolls and volcanic islands, endemic species, coral reefs, tropical rainforests and other features, the Pacific countries and territories have a lot of potential with respect to the nomination of new Biosphere Reserves, with several proposals currently on the table.

Browse this website to find out more about:

 

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme (you can access an overview of activities planned for 2014 here)

 

The Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) and its recent 4th Meeting, held in Nadi, Fiji, 23-25 April 2014

 

The three existing Biosphere Reserves in the Pacific

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