The Trifinio-Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve: a regional model for a green economy

The Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany in collaboration with the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO and with the contribution of the Permanent Delegations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, jointly organized a conference on the Trifinio-Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve, as a regional model for a green economy, at UNESCO Headquarters on the 12 September 2013. This event informed the Permanent Delegations and Observers to UNESCO on the creation and success of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, on its management, natural resources, biodiversity and the important role played by local communities.

Designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 2011, the Trifinio-Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve is considered as an example of cooperation between national authorities. The Representative of the Trifinio-Fraternidad, Mr. Miguel Pineda, outlined the achievements and scope of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, highlighting the importance of international cooperation, which promotes the sustainable development of local communities in the region and its harmonious relationship with the environment.

On this occasion, the Representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), presented an overview of activities supported by Germany as part of the preservation of biodiversity.

The Federal Government of Germany will invest 11 million euros in this reserve to support conservation and life quality improvement programmes for residents and municipalities located in the Trifinio-Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve (twelve municipalities, eight in El Salvador, two in Guatemala and two in Honduras). This represents a significant contribution for around 200,000 inhabitants over an area of 500,000 km².