13.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

20 New Biosphere Reserves

© Tibor Mikuska - Mura-Drava-Danube Transboundary Biosphere Reserve

Paris, 11 July - The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Paris from 9 to 13 July, has added 20 new sites, including two transboundary, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The network now includes 599 reserves in 117 countries.

Biosphere Reserves were inscribed in Haiti, Kazakhstan, and Sao Tome and Principe for the first time this year.

Biosphere Reserves are areas designated under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to serve as places to test different approaches to integrated management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity. Biosphere Reserves are thus sites for experimenting with and learning about sustainable development.

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