UNESCO announces the selection of a new Biosphere Reserve in Slovenia
During the 22nd session of the International Coordination Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, which took place from 31 May to 4 June at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the site of Kozjansko & Obsotelje (Slovenia) has been inscribed as a new Biosphere Reserve.
The site located between the Sava, Savinja and Sotla rivers, represents a mosaic of Alpine and Panonian landscapes. To the east, the reserve borders with the Republic of Croatia, separated from it by the Sotla River. Forests cover over 55% of the site. The Kozjansko Regional Park makes up large part of the core area. At the meeting point of three regions, it has a well preserved natural landscape with forests and agricultural land. Eleven communities live in the site. They are all involved in sustainable development projects: alternative and ecological farming, sustainable tourism, production of traditional food and crafts.
Biosphere Reserves are areas designated under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to serve as places to test different approaches to integrated management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity. Biosphere Reserves are thus sites for experimenting with and learning about sustainable development.
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