Yakushima and Kuchinoerabu Jima Biosphere Reserve – Extension & renaming (Japan)

Designated in 1980 under the name of Yakushima, the biosphere reserve situated 60km south of the Island of Kyushu is known for the Yaku cedar primeval forest. It encompasses the area inscribed on the World Heritage List, also under the name of Yakushima, and now covers the entire island, as well as the island of Kuchinoerabu and the marine area surrounding both.