how many biosphere reserves are there in the world
Biosphere Reserves are an international programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), [ "The Man and the Biosphere Programme".
Biosphere Reserves are an international programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), "The Man and the Biosphere Programme". The "biosphere" is the very thin layer surrounding
the Earth, where all life on the planet lives. Biosphere Reserves are regions of Earth recognized for their globally significant ecological features. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere is one of 15 UNESCO Biospheres in Canada.
Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve near Vancouver, BC, Canada
What is a Biosphere Reserve?
Biosphere Reserves are important ecosystems that are internationally recognized by UNESCO, where communities combine conservation of biodiversity with sustainable development. They are nominated by communities within a shared landscape to demonstrate how people can live and work in better harmony with nature.
Biosphere Reserves are designed to meet one of the most challenging issues that the world is facing today: How can we conserve the diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms which make up our living “biosphere” and maintain healthy natural systems while, at the same time, meet the material needs and aspirations of an increasing number of people? How can we reconcile conservation of natural resources with their sustainable use?
Establishing a biosphere reserve obviously poses an enormous challenge, namely to set up an appropriate mechanism, for instance a steering committee, to plan and co-ordinate all the activities that will take place there. This human dimension of biosphere reserves makes them special, since the management essentially becomes a “pact” between the local community and society as a whole. Management of a biosphere reserve needs to be open, evolving and adaptive. Such an approach requires perseverance, patience and imagination. ]
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