International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO/Clayson Lima

The International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves is the primary scientific and technical Committee body advising the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) and the Director General of UNESCO on matters pertaining to the WNBR.

The Committee advise the Director-General of UNESCO and the MAB-ICC on scientific and technical matters concerning the nomination of new sites and, changes and periodic reviews of sites already included in the WNBR, as well as the development, operation and monitoring of the WNBR which they constitute in accordance with the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework for the WNBR.

The Committee is composed of twelve members, who are appointed for four years by the Director-General, after consultation with the Member States and or the National Committees for the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the countries concerned.

The members of the Committee are selected for their scientific qualifications and for their experience in promoting and implementing the concept of biosphere reserve.

  • The 23rd Meeting of the International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves will take place from 25 to 28 January 2017 in  UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.
Period: 1st Jan. 2015 - 31st Dec. 2018 Period: 1st Jan. 2016- 31st Dec. 2019
1Mr Driss Fassi (Maroc)7Ms Marja Spierenburg (The Netherlands)
2Ms Salwa Mansour Abdel Hameed (Sudan)8Mr Petr Cupa (Czech Republic)
3Mr Clayton F. Lino (Brazil) 9Mr Luis E. Aragón (Colombia)
4Ms Sheila Nana Akua Ashong (Ghana)10Mr Djafarou Tiomoko (Benin)
5Mr Raphaël Mathevet (France)11Mr Do-Soon Cho (Republic of Korea)
6Ms Vanja Debevec Gerjevič (Slovenia)12Ms Jurgenne H. Primavera (The Philippines)
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