It's about life: 50th anniversary exhibition
In the past year, life as we knew it was put on hold. To protect each other, we sheltered inside our homes, distancing ourselves not only from our families and friends, but also from the outside world, pausing momentarily our relationship with our cities and landscapes. For UNESCO, these moments have unfolded into a renewed commitment for living together with our environment and new ideas for our common future.
La Selle became Haiti’s first biosphere reserve in 2012. Encompassing the Massif de la Selle and Pic de la Selle (2684m), it serves as an ecological corridor in the south of Hispaniola, marked by high levels of endemism.
Bañados del Este
Located in south-east Uruguay, Bañados del Este harbours a remarkable complex of ecosystems, including white sand beaches, dunes and lagoons along the Atlantic coast. This variety of habitats is home to a rich diversity of wildlife and remain almost intact both on land and at sea.
Saint Mary’s is a terrestrial and marine biosphere reserve. Its land area covers 1,701.41 ha around Cayon Village and its marine area extends 3 km from the shore over an area of 2,338.86 ha, totalling 4,040.27 ha.
Nestled between the Mediterranean and the Catalan Mountain Range, Montseny is home to a patchwork of habitats, ranging from deciduous and coniferous mixed forest, through alpine meadows, all the way to rocky high peaks.
The El Hierro Biosphere Reserve is situated on the westernmost and the smallest island of the Canary Islands with a surface of 268.7 km2. The Canary Islands are themselves part of the Macaronesia archipelago, together with the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde.
Located in the northwest of the Madrid region, this 46,787.19 ha biosphere reserve creates a green corridor linking Madrid with the Sierra de Guadarrama, protecting ecosystems, habitats and species.
Intercontinental del Mediterráneo
The Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean stretches between Andalusia in southern Spain and the Tingitane peninsula in northern Morocco, forming an arc across the Strait of Gibraltar. It encompasses a total land area of 413,201.72 ha and a total marine area of 17,976.82 ha.
Gombe Masito Ugalla
Its 16,584 km2 are spread along the northern coast of Lake Tanganyika (Tanzania), which is the second largest globally and accounts for 16% of the world’s available freshwater.
The Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve is located in the eastern part of the Eurasian continent, in the southeastern part of Jilin Province, China. It covers an area of 196,465 hectares, including 16 dormant and active volcanoes and their crater lakes. The highest peak on the Chinese side of Mount Changbai’s ridge is ‘White Cloud Peak’ at 2,691 m and in its caldera can be found ‘Heavenly Lake’, hot springs and waterfalls. In 1979, Changbaishan became one of the ﬁrst three biosphere reserves in the People’s Republic of China.