IN FOCUS 2011

International Day for Biosphere Reserves

© Cesar Laura
Nazarategui River – Puerto Bermúdez - Oxapampa-Ashaninka-Yanesha, Peru

On the occasion of its 40th birthday, the Man and Biosphere programme (MAB) and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves are happy to celebrate 3 November 2011 as the International Day for Biosphere Reserves!

Many events are planned all over the world, including an art exhibition, a film projection and a special session on “Messages for the sustainable futures” in UNESCO.

Biosphere reserves: sites for sustainable development in Action

The World Network of Biosphere Reserves is the largest network of protected areas in the world, with a surface area of over five million square kilometres, approximately the equivalent of half Europe.

A compendium of information sheets on the 563 biosphere reserves in 110 countries (up to 2010) has been published thanks to the Spanish "Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino" contribution.

Link to the Publication (English / French / Spanish)

Biosphere Reserves

 

Biosphere reserve nominations and periodic reviews for 2012

© Sinar Mas Forestry/Indonesian MAB Committe
Giam Siak Kecil, Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve (Indonesia)

The deadline for submission of new biosphere reserve nominations and periodic reviews is 30 September 2011. The MAB National Committees are invited to submit biosphere reserve nominations (and/or extensions to existing biosphere reserves) in hard copy with the original signatures of endorsement and original maps, and also in electronic form as well as periodic review reports. Countries wishing advice may contact the MAB Secretariat or the Field Offices.

- More information    
- UNESCO biosphere reserves and World Heritage sites: spot the difference 
- 18 new biosphere reserves in 2011  
- The Dresden Declaration, an outcome of the conference "For life, for the Future: biosphere reserves and climate change" (.pdf)

18 new Biosphere Reserves added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves

© RSCN
Tourism, trails in Wadi Mujib, Jordan

The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s MAB programme has added 18 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), during its meeting in Dresden, Germany, on the occasion of MAB's 40th anniversary. The Network now numbers 580 sites in 114 countries. Biosphere Reserves were inscribed in Lithuania, Maldives, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Togo for the first time this year. The Council also announced the laureates of the 2011 Young Scientists Awards and of the Michel Batisse Award.

- More information    
- 2011 Young Scientists Awards  
- UNESCO biosphere reserves and World Heritage sites: spot the difference  
- 23rd session of the International Coordinating Council (MAB-ICC)
- The Dresden Declaration, an outcome of the conference "For life, for the Future: biosphere reserves and climate change" (.pdf)

Celebrating 40 years of conservation, research and development

© Artfactory/DUK
Director-General Irina Bokova, participates in the 40th anniversary conference of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), held in Dresden, from 26 to 28 June.

High points of the year include the international conference “For life, for the future: biosphere reserves and climate change”, organized in Dresden in June 2011, where decision makers, managers, experts and other stakeholders will discuss the future of the MAB programme in times of climate change. Subsequent to the conference, the 23rd MAB International Coordinating Council (ICC) will convene in Dresden.

A formal event to mark the anniversary will take place during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference this November in Paris.


Celebrating 40 years of conservation, research and development

© Ric Craddick, Indiana University
Professor Ostrom

The MAB Programme is honored to welcome Professor Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics, for her analysis of economic governance and, in particular, common goods. Professor Ostrom will give a lecture at UNESCO Headquarters on Wednesday, 22 June on Sustainable Social-Ecological SystemsPhoto Gallery

Other high points of the year include the international conference “For life, for the future: biosphere reserves and climate change”, organized in Dresden in June 2011, where decision makers, managers, experts and other stakeholders will discuss the future of the MAB programme in times of climate change. Subsequent to the conference, the 23rd MAB International Coordinating Council (ICC) will convene in Dresden.

A formal event to mark the anniversary will take place during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference this November in Paris.

Celebrating 40 years of conservation, research and development

While Member States and key partners are planning local and national celebrations throughout the world, the MAB Secretariat launched a website dedicated to its 40th anniversary to present key milestones in the programme’s history, success stories, and current projects through a series of interviews and articles.

Other high points of the year include the international conference “For life, for the future: biosphere reserves and climate change”, organized in Dresden in June 2011, where decision makers, managers, experts and other stakeholders will discuss the future of the MAB programme in times of climate change. Subsequent to the conference, the 23rd MAB International Coordinating Council (ICC) will convene in Dresden.

A formal event to mark the anniversary will take place during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference this November in Paris.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as Learning Sites

© Aurélie Déjeant
Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve (Switzerland)

The role of biosphere reserves as experimental areas for testing investment approaches for food security to be discussed as from 24 March 2011.

40 already? Preparations for MAB's 40th anniversary

© UNESCO/ Malempré, Georges
Umayo lake (Peru)

Already 40 years of research, experience and practice! As MAB turns 40 this year, the Secretariat is inviting partners and Member states to participate in the celebration in the best possible way, by showcasing accomplishments, looking to the future and proposing new initiatives, and disseminating findings and best practices.

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