Biosphere Reserves: the North-South Dialogue

When, local time: 
Saturday, 16 March 2013 -
9:00am to 8:00pm
Where: 
Uruguay, Department of Rocha
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Contact: 
Cláudia S. Karez, Programme Specialsit, MAB Programme, Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean / cskarez@unesco.org.uy
Designated by UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme in 1976, the Biosphere Reserve Bañados del Este comprises a complex network of marshes (wetlands), estuaries and lagoons located on the southeast of Uruguay which is parallel to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean (between 32 ° and 35 ° latitude and 53 ° S and 55 ° W longitude). It is an area known for its high biodiversity, particularly the birds found there, as its strategic location is an important site for migratory species on the continent. It also has a coastline of about 200 km, with long beaches shaped by waves and long shore currents.<br /><br />The particular natural wealth of the area, the beauty of its landscapes and a rich tradition in the use of their resources offer interesting perspectives for the development of productive activities and tourism based on the rational use of resources.