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23.02.2017 - Natural Sciences Sector

Swedish biosphere reserves as arenas for implementing the 2030 Agenda

Cover of the Report 'Swedish Biosphere Reserves Arenas for Implementing the 2030 Agenda'

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency recently published the report Swedish Biosphere Reserves as Arenas for Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Analysis and Practice, written by Lisen Schultz and Malena Heinrup from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The report demonstrates how biosphere reserves help to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides examples of integrated sustainable development practices from Swedish biosphere reserves.

The report identifies five main functions that biosphere reserves perform for sustainable development: providing platforms for collaboration, connecting actors both vertically and horizontally, embodying the goals of the 2030 Agenda, maintaining healthy ecosystems, and promoting learning and awareness raising. All these functions complement the implementation work performed by public authorities, NGOs and other actors.

The work of biosphere reserves is based on collaboration, learning, and a holistic view of people and nature. Their extensive experience of implementing sustainable development in practice in a Swedish context makes them suitable as strategic areas for learning, support and investment when implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sweden.

While the 2030 Agenda highlights the priorities and direction of global development, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme is able to guide local, regional and national implementation of the Agenda by sharing the know-how generated. The new global strategy for UNESCO’s MAB Programme (2015-2025) with its associated Lima Action Plan (2016-2025) underlines the programme’s instrumental role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the (SDGs).

The coordinators of the five Swedish biosphere reserves and their co-workers, the Swedish MAB Committee and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, contributed to this report.

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