How are MAB activities funded?
Funding for MAB activities comes mostly from national sources, supported by catalytic action by UNESCO; collaborating international organizations; bilateral agencies; and the private sector. In terms of structure, the key bodies are the MAB National Committees, which have been set up in more than one hundred countries. Overall policy and guidance is through the International Co-ordinating Council, made up of scientific and diplomatic representatives of 34 countries, which meets at least once every two years (more recently, annually). The Council’s Bureau generally meets each year, as does the Advisory Committee on Biosphere Reserves. The programme is serviced by UNESCO through an international secretariat at its Headquarters in Paris and through a worldwide network of field offices.