Four extensions to current biosphere reserves were also approved, including the 14-fold enlargement of the La Campana-Peñuelas Biosphere Reserve, Chile, first approved in 1984. This modification was praised by the Council as a successful transformation of a 1st generation site, principally focused on conservation, research and monitoring, to a modern post-Seville biosphere reserve which fully integrates conservation with development functions supported by research, education and capacity building.
The Council thus discussed the possible actions to be undertaken by countries in reviewing all their sites, including those designated before 1995, in line with the 1995 Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves and the Madrid Action Plan. The need for a revised periodic review form and timetable was stressed by several Delegates.
The day ended with an award ceremony for the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve management. The two 2009 winners spoke about their work. Ms Boshra Salem spoke about her work with SUMAMAD in the Omayed Biosphere Reserve in Egypt and Mr Yuriy Gorshkov from the Russian Federation presented a movie about his work in the Raifa Forest Biosphere Reserve.
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