Madrid Action Plan
Global issues and problems that have emerged or intensified in the last decades have made it an imperative for the MAB Programme to adapt and change so as to effectively respond to the emerging challenges which significantly further exacerbate poverty and inequality:
- accelerated climate change with consequences for societies and ecosystems;
- accelerated loss of biological and cultural diversity with unexpected consequences that impact the ability of ecosystems to continue to provide services critical for human wellbeing;
- rapid urbanization as a driver of environmental change.
In order to address these challenges, thus strategically contribute to the achievement of the relevant Millennium Development Goals, the 20th Session of the MAB-ICC and the Third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves adopted the Madrid Action Plan, setting out the following agenda for the MAB Programme for the period 2008–2013:
- develop mechanisms to encourage the sustainable development of biosphere reserves carried out in partnership with all sectors of society to ensure the well-being of people and their environment;
- test and apply policies for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in coordination with other intergovernmental programmes;
- use the experience of the WNBR, the MAB Networks and interdisciplinary approaches to develop and test policies and practices to address the issues impacting key ecosystem types, namely coastal zones, islands, oceans, mountains, drylands, tropical forests, freshwater ecosystems and areas of increasing urbanization;
- develop scientific programmes of research to follow on from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) to define approaches that secure ecosystem services into the future.