18 amazing places around the world are now the newest Unesco biosphere reserves
Unesco has announced 18 new landscapes that it is adding to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves, 12 of which are in Europe.
A biosphere reserve is used to describe an ecosystem with plants and animals that are of unusual scientific and natural interest, while at the same time promoting conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. The new sites bring the number of biosphere reserves to 701 in 124 countries around the world. Established by Unesco in the early 1970s, the Man and the Biosphere Programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to improve relations between people and their natural environment.
“There is a pressing need to take action for biodiversity, for our shared environmental heritage,” says Unesco director-general Audrey Azoulay. “Each Unesco biosphere reserve is an open sky laboratory for sustainable development, for concrete and lasting solutions, for innovation and good practices. They seal a new alliance between the world of science and youth, between humans and the environment.”
These are the 18 sites that have been designated this year.
- Lower Mura Valley Biosphere Reserve (Austria)
- Lubombo Biosphere Reserve (eSwatini)
- Saleh-Moyo-Tambora “Samota” Biosphere Reserve (Indonesia)
- Togean Tojo Una-Una Biosphere Reserve (Indonesia)
- Po Grande Biosphere Reserve (Italy)
- Julian Alps Biosphere Reserve (Italy)
- Kobushi Biosphere Reserve (Japan)
- Gangwon Eco-Peace Biosphere Reserve (South Korea)
- Yeoncheon Imjin River Biosphere Reserve (South Korea)
- Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve (Norway)
- Roztocze Biosphere Reserve (Poland)
- Lake Elton Biosphere Reserve (Russia)
- Alto Turia Biosphere Reserve (Spain)
- La Siberia Biosphere Reserve(Spain)
- Valle del Cabriel Biosphere Reserve (Spain)
- Vindelälven-Juhtatdahka Biosphere Reserve (Sweden)
- Voxnadalen Biosphere Reserve (Sweden)
- Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve (United Kingdom)
For further information, please see the Unesco website here.