Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme

• proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building that target the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss;

• combines natural and social sciences, economics and education to improve human livelihoods and safeguard ecosystems;

• promotes innovative approaches to economic development that is socially and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable.

MAB & The World Network of Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere reserves: field tool for interdisciplinary MAB work with a triple function:

• Conserve biological and cultural diversity

• Propose innovative approaches to sustainable development

• Promote research, monitoring, education and training



Biosphere Reserves – Key Features

Zoning – means to meet the challenges of biodiversity management in multi-use areas with the objective of sustainable development.

Organizational/governance arrangements – enabling involvement of all actors in management and decision-making processes.  

New forms of institutional cooperation and links between different levels of economic and political decision making.