29.07.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Spanish exhibit celebrates the Man and the Biosphere programme

Mr. Josep Puxeu, Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Water, Spain, inaugurated this week in Madrid a travelling exhibition on the Spanish Network of Biosphere Reserves that was organized by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM) with the autonomous organization of national parcs (Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales (OAPN).

The exhibit is one of several ways through which MARM is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Man and the biosphere programme (MAB) this year.

The Spanish Network of Biosphere Reserves includes 40 sites, comprising 3.5 million ha of land - 7% of the country’s territory - and 288,000 ha of sea. It is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which counts with 580 sites in 114 countries.

The exhibit’s 14 double panels present the MAB programme and its vision for the improvement of the relationships between people and their environment globally, which was quite innovative at it’s inception in 1971. Several panels are dedicated to the concept of biosphere reserves, their function and benefits. The Spanish biosphere reserves are also presented, with a series of ecosystem-based panels.  

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