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MAB Bureau meeting to select new biosphere reserves and distribute awards

The Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) will meet June 27 to 29 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Bureau will review progress and examine proposals for the future of the MAB programme, launched in 1970 to improve globally relationships between people and their environment.

First on the agenda is the selection of new biosphere reserves for MAB’s World Network, which encompasses such famous and diverse sites as Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake, Asia’s largest freshwater lake; the “W” region between Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger; Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands region; and Lanzarote in the Spanish Canary Islands. The reserves are areas designated by local and national authorities that serve as living laboratories for testing approaches to the integrated management of land, water and biodiversity. As such, biosphere reserves are working examples of sustainable development.

The MAB Bureau will review 26 nominations from 20 countries, including ones submitted by four countries that do not yet have biosphere reserves, namely Lebanon, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Turkey. Following the Bureau’s deliberations, the chosen sites will be added to MAB’s network of 459 biosphere reserves in 97 countries.

During the meeting, the Bureau will also review applications for the 2006 MAB Young Scientists Awards and select up to ten winners. The awards encourage young researchers to conduct interdisciplinary projects on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity, in line with MAB’s focus. In addition, the Bureau will choose the winner of the biennial Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation, for an outstanding contribution in that domain.

The MAB International Coordinating Council comprises representatives from 34 UNESCO Member States. Its Bureau consists of the Chair and the five Vice-Chairs, representing all geographical regions.

Source Avis aux médias N°2005-45
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Publication Date 27 Jun 2005
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