Transboundary Biosphere Reserves and International Cooperation

From 14:30 to 18:00, Wednesday 15 March 2016, Lima, Peru

Chair
Alvaro de Torres (Spain)

Moderator
Anabela Rodrigues Dos Santos Trindade (Portugal)

Organization/Institution in Charge
Secretariat of the Spanish MAB National Committee

Overview

We could probably all agree that natural systems, biodiversity or geological heritage know no borders, or politics or human conflicts.

Otherwise, the Seville Strategy described biosphere reserves as integrating tools that can help to create greater solidarity among peoples and nations of the world. Given these two findings, transboundary biosphere reserves become valuable tools.

Furthermore, biosphere reserves are becoming, more and more, scenarios for international cooperation. In the same territory we find the possibility of working in the environmental, social and economic sectors within a framework of political and social commitment to support sustainable development.

If we made a list of the 10 best places where to launch processes of cooperation between cultures and states in order to preserve natural heritage and promote cultural, social and economic development at the same time, be sure several of these would be biosphere reserves.

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