4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves. © SERNAP

The 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves: A New Vision for the Decade 2016-2025. UNESCO Biosphere Reserves for Sustainable Development took place from 14 to 17 March 2016 in Lima, Peru. It was organized by the Secretariat of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB), the Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) and its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP), and the MAB National Committee of Peru.

The Congress, which for the first time took place outside Europe, brought together more than a thousand representatives of governments, biosphere reserves, local communities, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and organizations and institutions from 115 countries working with the MAB Programme.