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06.12.2016 - Natural Sciences Sector

Spanish Government approves regulation to license the use of the ‘Spanish Biosphere Reserves’ brand

©Sergio SocorroAgriculture in Macizo de Anaga Biosphere Reserve

The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved on Monday 5 of December 2016, a Royal Decree, proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, to regulate the license to use the ‘Spanish Biosphere Reserves’ brand.

The ‘Spanish Biosphere Reserves’ brand aims to promote the concept of biosphere reserves (BR) and to distinguish products and services that emanate from BR territories which contribute to the fulfilment of the basic functions of conservation, development and logistical support, while respecting the distinctive character of each site.

A license to use the ‘Spanish Biosphere Reserves’ brand may be granted to any natural or legal person who carries out an activity in any of the municipalities belonging to a biosphere reserve with respect to agrifood products, handicrafts, and touristic products and services, among others.

Each BR management body will be responsible for setting the specific requirements to be met by the products and services of its biosphere reserve, and to adapt them to the particular needs of site in accordance with the general requirements established by the Royal Decree.

The Autonomous National Parks Authority (OAPN) responsible for coordinating the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO in Spain is the principal body responsible for the proper use of the ‘Spanish Biosphere Reserves’ brand. The Managers Council of the MAB Spanish Committee will provide support to the OAPN regarding the evaluation of applications for the license to use the trademark, as well as advice regarding its use.

Spain currently has 48 biosphere reserves covering almost 11% of its national territory, making it the country with the largest number of biosphere reserves in the world.

Source: Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment




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