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21st Session MAB-ICC: Highlights

Breaking News from Jeju: 26 May 2009

21st Session MAB-ICC: Highlights
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The second day of the 21st session of the MAB-ICC was marked by Council deliberations on new proposals for biosphere reserves. After discussion, the Council decided to add 22 new sites from 17 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including 1 transboundary biosphere reserve between Spain and Portugal, and the first biosphere reserves in Syria and Malaysia. The WNBR now includes 553 sites in 107 countries.

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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