What is the Purpose of a Biosphere Reserve?
Mrs. Meriem Boumrane, MAB programme specialist
As I am new to the Man and the Biosphere program, I want to find out what the purpose of biosphere reserves is. I have scanned a few MAB webpages know, listened to a number of key note speakers at the first day of the EuroMAB 2011 conference and interviewed UNESCO programme specialist Meriem Bouamrane. But still it is not crystal clear to me.
After having scanned a number of MAB websites and having listened to key note presentations on the first day of EuroMAB 2011 I have registered a number of reasons for having a biosphere reserve:
UNESCO programme specialist for the MAB program, Mrs. Meriem Boumrane, was kind enough to try to clear this out for me. She explained that in the very beginning, the MAB programme was a research programme, but has over time changed. In 1995, the so called "Seville strategy" was adopted, with sustainable development as the overarching target for the biosphere reserves. The Seville strategy sets out three main functions for a biosphere reserve:
From talking to some of the conference participants, the purpose of a biosphere reserve is not crystal clear to them either. Luckily, the conference organisers have identified this too, and right now there is a workshop on the EuroMAB identity in progress. Maybe a workshop on the entire MAB identity would have been preferrable, but I guess that will emerge in the workshop too. Hopefully, I can report back here on the outcomes of that workshop! Until then, why not take a look at the first photos from the conference?
I met Melinda and Pierre at the first day of the conference. They have focused on the development function of biosphere reserves in their Master's thesis, which just came hot off the shelf. And what is nice, they have also built a website to make their results more accessible:
Yes, I talked to Melinda and Pierre too, as they have completed their thesis at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, in cooperation with (among others) Blekinge Archipelago - the newest Biosphere Reserve in Sweden.
Unfortunately I had to leave the conference after two days to get back tofinish some last minute stuff before the holiday. Never got the chance to speak to you Johan!
Yes, what a pity! Monday was packed and I didn't see you, and Tuesday I took the day off. I have invited the other Swedish biosphere reserves to present themselves and their ambitions on the Swedish Ecoprofile site, it would be very nice if you did the same for Blekinge Archipelago!
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