This network was created by the "Regional Conference for Forging Cooperation on Africa's Biosphere Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development" which took place in Dakar (Senegal) in 1996.
The network aims at promoting regional co-operation in the fields of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development through transborder projects, which are primarily based in biosphere reserves.
To increase efficiency, four thematic sub-networks were created which correspond to:
- zoning and improving biosphere reserve functioning;
- biosphere reserves and local communities; stakeholders/social actors;
- participation and income-sharing;
- transboundary biosphere reserves;
- logistic support function of biosphere reserves.
African MAB Network Bureau
- Chairman: M. Daniel Amlalo, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chairman of Ghanaian MAB National Committee, Ghana.
- Coordinator for Central Africa: Cameroon (Mr Hessana Djibrilla)
- Coordinator for East Africa: Kenya (Mr Paul Makenzi)
- Coordinator for Southern Africa: South Africa (Ms Skumsa Mancotywa)
- Coordinator for West Africa: Côte d’Ivoire (Ms Martine Gauze Nee Touao Kah)
The 3rd General Assembly of the African Network of Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) took place in Accra, Ghana, from 24–27 September 2013.