27.09.2017 - Natural Sciences Sector

Spain approves new Action Plan 2017-2025 for biosphere reserves

©Ordesa-Viñamala Biosphere ReserveSpanish Committee of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO

On 21 September 2017, the Spanish Committee of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO approved the Ordesa-Viñamala Action Plan 2017-2025 and adopted the Ordesa-Viñamala Declaration to implement the Action Plan in the country’s 48 biosphere reserves. The decision was taken during the II Spanish Congress of Biosphere Reserves, held from 18 to 22 September 2017 in the Ordesa-Viñamala Biosphere Reserve, located in the province of Huesca in the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

The main objective of the Ordesa-Viñamala Action Plan is to adapt the Lima Action Plan for the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (2016-2025) to the Spanish Network of Biosphere Reserves.

This document is a guide that serves as a basis for initiatives, actions and projects that will be carried out by the Spanish Network in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The participants of the Congress also approved the Ordesa-Viñamala Declaration, which incorporates the conclusions of the II Spanish Congress of Biosphere Reserves. It also serves as a manifesto for Spanish biosphere reserves and commits them to work together to implement the new action plan across their territories.

In accordance with the Declaration, the competent administrations will establish mechanisms and financing channels to optimize the operation of Spanish biosphere reserves and the development of the MAB Programme.

The II Congress, organized by the Autonomous Organism of National Parks (OAPN) and the Ordesa-Viñamala Biosphere Reserve, brought together more than 100 participants, including managers and representatives of the 15 Autonomous Communities associated with designated biosphere reserves, as well as members of the Scientific Council and the Spanish Committee of the MAB Programme.

Spain has 48 biosphere reserves, which makes the country the world leader in the number of declared reserves.




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