MAB Governing Bodies

28th Session of the MAB International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) in Lima Peru, on 18-19 March 2016. © SERNANP

The main MAB governing body, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, usually referred to as the MAB Council or ICC, consists of 34 Member States elected by UNESCO's biennial General Conference.

The role of the MAB ICC  is:

  • to guide and supervise the MAB Programme;
  • to review the progress made in the implementation of the Programme (cf. Secretariat report and reports of MAB National Committees);
  • to recommend research projects to countries and to make proposals on the organization of regional or international cooperation;
  • to assess priorities among projects and MAB activities in general;
  • to co-ordinate the international cooperation of Member States participating in the MAB Programme;
  • to co-ordinate activities with other international scientific programmes;
  • to consult with international non-governmental organizations on scientific or technical questions

The MAB ICC also decides upon new biosphere reserves and takes note of recommendations on periodic review reports of biosphere reserves.

At its meetings, the Council elects a chairman and five vice-chairmen, of which one functions as a rapporteur; these form the MAB Bureau.

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