The island of Menorca celebrates its 20th anniversary as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO declared Menorca a biosphere reserve on 8 October 1993 in recognition of the high level of compatibility between the development of economic activities, the consumption of resources, and the conservation of heritage and landscapes on the island, a practice still maintained today at an exceptional level. Menorca is an intensely humanized territory, with an extremely rich tradition of rural landscapes. It is home to a remarkable diversity of Mediterranean habitats that host endemic plant and animal species exclusive to the island, some of which are in danger of extinction.

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its declaration as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Menorca Island Council is organizing an event to pay tribute to the institutions and agencies that made this designation possible and to highlight the need for continuing promotion of the values of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme in this Biosphere Reserve. During this occasion the Senior Specialist of the MAB Programme, Mr Miguel Clüsener-Godt, will deliver a keynote speech entitled ‘Menorca, 20 years of Biosphere Reserve: future challenges’.