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Home > Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) - Updated: 09-01-2003 1:54 pm
Promoting integrated ecosystem approaches to the conservation and sustainable management of land, water and biodiversity, through the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and a concern for people living in and caring for the biosphere.  

Biosphere reserves provide both a concept and a tool for testing approaches to sustainable development, through the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (currently comprising 408 reserves in 94 countries) and associated regional and thematic networks. Many biosphere reserves are exploring innovative partnerships among local communities, government agencies and the private sector in addressing many of the objectives of Agenda 21 at the practical field level.

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