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Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme

MAB Governance

The main MAB governing body is the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. It consists of 34 Member States elected by UNESCO's biennial General Conference. In between meetings, the authority of the MAB-ICC is delegated to its Bureau, whose members are nominated from each of UNESCO's geopolitical regions.

The implementation of the MAB programme is guided by the Roadmap 2015-2025, which was adopted by the Member States.

Two bodies provide advice to the MAB Programme:

 

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International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme

The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere programme, known as the MAB Council or MAB-ICC, is the main governing body of the MAB Programme. In recent years, the MAB Council has met annually. It's session are usually held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris or hosted by a MAB-ICC Member State.

Each Member State has one vote, but can send as many experts or advisers as it wishes to the Council sessions. UNESCO Member States that are not current members of the MAB Council can send representatives as observers.

UN Agencies such as UNEP, FAO, UNDP, WMO, WHO are invited to participate as observers, as well as representatives of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

 

The role of the Council is:

  • to guide and supervise the MAB Programme;
  • to review the progress made in the implementation of the Programme (cf. Secretariat report and reports of MAB National Committees);
  • to recommend research projects to countries and to make proposals on the organization of regional or international cooperation;
  • to assess priorities among projects and MAB activities in general;
  • to co-ordinate the international cooperation of Member States participating in the MAB Programme;
  • to co-ordinate activities with other international scientific programmes; and
  • to consult with international non-governmental organizations on scientific or technical questions.

The MAB ICC also decides upon new biosphere reserves and takes note of recommendations on periodic review reports of biosphere reserves.

At its meetings, the Council elects a chairperson and five vice-chairpersons, of whom one functions as a rapporteur; these form the MAB Bureau.

Elections

Thirty-four member States compose the MAB-ICC. They are elected by UNESCO's biennial General Conference. At each ordinary session of the UNESCO General Conference, normally held every two years, half of the Members of the Council end their terms of office and new Council members are elected. The outgoing members are replaced by members belonging to the same regional group. Council members can be re-elected.

Current members of the MAB-ICC

 

 

Official documents

The 31th session of the Man and the Biosphere Programme International Co-ordinating Council (MAB-ICC) will be held in Paris, at UNESCO Headquarters from 17 to 21 June 2019.

 

Final Report

 

 

30TH SESSION

29TH SESSION
12-15 June 2017, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

28TH SESSION
18-19 March 2016, Lima, Peru

27TH SESSION
08-12 June 2015, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

26TH SESSION
From10 to 13 June 2014 in Jönköping, East Vättern Landscape Biosphere Reserve, Sweden.

25TH SESSION
From 27 to 30 May 2013, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

24TH SESSION
From 9 to 13 July 2012, UNESCO, Headquarters, Paris, France

23RD SESSION
From 28 June to 1 July 2011, Dresden/Radebeul, Germany

22ND SESSION
From 31 May to 4 June 2010, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

21ST SESSION
From 25 to 29 May 2009, Jeju, Republic of Korea

20TH SESSION
From 5 to 8 February 2008, Madrid, Spain

19TH SESSION
From 23 to 27 October 2006, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

18TH SESSION
From 25 to 29 October 2004, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

17TH SESSION
From 18 to 22 March 2002, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

16TH SESSION
From 6 to 10 November 2000, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

15TH SESSION
From 7 to 11 December 1998, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

14TH SESSION
From 19 to 22 November 1996, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

13TH SESSION
From 12 to 16 June 1995, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

12TH SESSION
From 25 to 29 January 1993, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

11TH SESSION
From 12 to 16 November 1990, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

10TH SESSION
From 14 to 18 November 1988, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

9TH SESSION
From 20 to 25 October 1986, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

8TH SESSION
From 3 to 8 December 1984, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

7TH SESSION
From 30 September to 2 October 1981, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

6TH SESSION
From 19 to 28 November 1979, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

5TH SESSION
From 24 October to 1 November 1977, Vienna, Austria

4TH SESSION
From 18 to 26 November 1975, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

3RD SESSION
From 17 to 29 September 1974, Washington D.C., United States

2ND SESSION
From 10 to 19 April 1973, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

1ST SESSION
From 9 to 19 November 1971, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

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MAB Bureau

The Bureau is composed of a chairman and five vice-chairmen, of which one functions as a rapporteur, representing each of UNESCO's geopolitical regions. The members of the MAB Bureau are elected by the members of the MAB Council. 

The composition of the Bureau, as elected at the 30th session of the MAB ICC, is as follows:

Chair: Ms Enny Sudarmonwati, Indonesia (Group IV) 

Vice-chairs:
Group II:  Estonia 
Group III: Honduras
Group V (a): Nigeria 
Group V (b): Sudan

Rapporteur: Group I: Sweden (Ms. Johanna MacTaggart)

Government-appointed MAB National Committees play a fundamental role in the implementation of the MAB Programme. In order to ensure maximum national participation in the international programme and to define and implement its national participation, every Member State is invited to establish a permanent and fully-functioning national committee.

 

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International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves

The International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves provides scientific and technical advice to the Director-General of UNESCO and the MAB-ICC regarding the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

The Advisory Committee advises them on

  • Scientific and technical matters concerning the nomination of new Biosphere Reserves
  • Changes and periodic reviews of sites already included in the WNBR, and
  • The development, operation and monitoring of the WNBR

in accordance with the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework for the WNBR.

 

The Advisory Committee is composed of twelve members, who are appointed for four years by the UNESCO Director-General, after consultation with the Member States and/or the National Committees for the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the countries concerned.

The members of the Committee are selected for their scientific qualifications and for their experience in promoting and implementing the concept of biosphere reserves.

 

  Period: 1st Jan. 2016 - 31st Dec. 2019   Period: 1st Jan. 2019- 31st Dec. 2022
1 Ms Marja Spierenburg (The Netherlands) 7 Mr Driss Fassi (Morocco)
2 Mr. Petr Cupa (Czech Republic) 8 Ms Salwa Mansour Abdel Hameed (Sudan)
3 Mr Luis E. Aragón (Colombia) 9 Ms Graciela Pien (Argentina)
4 Mr Djafarou Tiomoko (Benin) 10 Ms Sheila Nana Akua Ashong (Ghana)
5 Mr Do-Soon Cho (Republic of Korea) 11 Ms Lia Rosenberg (Estonia)
6 Ms Jurgenne H. Primavera (The Philippines) 12 Mr Christophe Le Page (France)

 

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International Support Group (ISG) to the MAB Programme

The International Support Group (ISG) is open to the participation of all Member States who have a Delegation at UNESCO Headquarters. It advises the MAB Secretariat on the implementation of the Madrid Action Plan (MAP) and other relevant aspects of the MAB Programme. This group meets regularly once or twice per year and the MAB Secretariat provides first-hand information to the Member States.

It was set up by the MAB-ICC during its 21st session, held in the Jeju Island Biosphere Reserve, Republic of Korea from 25 to 29 May 2009.

 

 

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