One of the challenges of sustainable natural resources management in most African countries today is how to simultaneously help preserve biological diversity, enhance development and empower poor rural people. This new publication showcases the role of biosphere reserves as a concept and a tool for development and conservation of natural resources in Africa.
The UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, was established in 1996. It covers sub-Saharan Africa, including Madagascar, and comprises Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone areas of the continent. Members of AfriMAB include sixty-four biosphere reserves in twenty-eight countries.
This book shares stories of sustainable development, as portrayed through the management of biosphere reserves in nine countries. The twenty-one papers included in this publication aim to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide future thinking about the implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.