Earth Resources and Biosphere Reserves
UNESCO’s Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences has launched a new initiative on earth resource extraction (mining and the removal of oil and gas) and biosphere reserves.
The initiative recognizes that biosphere reserves have a zoned structure that gives them the potential to operate as learning sites for sustainable development. This character, together with society’s increasingly heavy reliance on mineral resources, allows the consideration of mining activities. With this in mind, the initiative draws attention to established tools and sustainability frameworks for the mining industry and recommends the creation of a working group of MAB, IGCP and other experts that will better communicate the purpose and structure of biosphere reserves, collect and disseminate case studies of sustainable mining practices, and improve communication between stakeholders.
Two expert meetings on Earth Resources and Biosphere Reserves were organized: