4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

Participants to the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves © SERNANP

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.

Participants to the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves © SERNANP

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.

This world meeting addressed issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the and the Paris Climate Agreement, such as education for sustainable development, the economic viability of nature conservation systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, among others.

Participants to the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves © SERNANP

During the Congress, experts discussed progress and obstacles related to biosphere reserve issues and work to develop a new vision for the future.

The Lima Declaration and the 2016-2025 Lima Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves, which will serve as a roadmap for the next ten years were adopted at the conclusion of the Congress

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