Preserving and enhancing human security today demands the formulation of integrated strategies dealing with manifold risks and menaces within UNESCO’s spheres of competence.
The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme – an integral element of UNESCO’s action in the environmental field –promotes approaches to link adaptive ecosystem management and creates partnerships between all sectors of society.
Through the World Network of Biosphere Reserves it enhances the global ability for monitoring ecological change and create awareness of the value of biological diversity and its links with cultural diversity. An integrated approach, with due consideration of local and traditional knowledge, to managing ecosystems – especially those important in the protection and development of freshwater –is encouraged through novel ecological research in partnership with the global environment change community. MAB continues to enhance capacities through education and training to deal with environmental issues.
Adapted from the Approved Medium-Term Strategy 2002-2007 (31C/4 para 93 -98) Contributing to peace and human development in an era of globalization through education, the sciences, culture and communication