International Centre on Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves

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Inauguration of the first UNESCO Centre for Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves, Castellet i Gornal, Barcelona, Spain.

The "International Centre on Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves, Two Coastlines United by their Culture and Nature" , located within the premises of the Abertis Foundation in Castellet I la Gornal, Kingdom of Spain, was established in November 2013 and oficially inaugurated in April 2014.

This first Centre of the MAB Programme under UNESCO auspices will serve as a model for scientific cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean and provide an excellent platform of information exchange and sharing on all issues related to biosphere reserves and their sustainable development.

The Centre, which is closely collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and its Autonomous Organism for National Parks (OAPN), is the first of its kind, combining public engagement and private financial support under UNESCO’s auspices.

It also provides a unique setting of two coastlines united by their culture and nature. Located in the medieval castle of Castellet, restored by the Abertis Foundation, the Centre documents scientific research and knowledge on all biosphere reserves in the Mediterranean basin.

The Centre will act as a platform for training and transferring advanced knowledge on environmental and societal issues between developed and developing countries in the Mediterranean basin and it will facilitate joint programmes between biospheres reserves.

The primary objectives of the Centre will be to collect, structure, synthesize and disseminate the experience acquired in all the biosphere reserves in the Mediterranean area, starting from the 45 biosphere reserves in Spain, in order to contribute to advancing scientific knowledge within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Centre will also act as a laboratory to devise tools for improving the dissemination of scientific data, informative and training activities within the Network.

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