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 last meeting of the AfriMAB Network was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 13 to 18 September 2010.
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 .
International Expert Workshop on Managing Challenges of Biosphere Reserves in Africa
From 27 June till 2 July 2011, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with the support of the AfriMAB Secretariat, the German Commission for UNESCO (DUK), the UNESCO-MAB Secretariat and the Bavarian Management Center for the Rhön Biosphere Reserve, organised an International Expert Workshop on "Managing Challenges of Biosphere Reserves in Africa".
The event took place in the context of the international conference "For life, for the future: Biosphere reserves and climate change" on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO MAB Programme and of the 23rd session of the International Corrdinating Council of the MAB Programme in Dresden. It included a several-day study trip to the Rhön Biosphere Reserve. (More)