Biosphere Reserves as model regions for a Green Economy


The idea to create a Biosphere Reserve between El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, in the area of Trifinio, first emerged in 1987, but it was in 1997 that the three parties recognized the region as an area of special interest that represented an indivisible ecological zone. In 2010, each country submitted an individual nomination application for a Biosphere Reserve to the Secretariat of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, and all signed a common agreement for a linked zoning area in order to create a tri-national Biosphere Reserve.

In 2011, during its 23th session, the International Coordination Council of the MAB Programme approved the establishment of the first tri-national biosphere reserve in Central America and commended the National Authorities for the work achieved so far. This biosphere reserve is considered a major contribution to the implementation of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

The Permanent Delegations of Germany, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to UNESCO and the MAB Programme Secretariat are jointly organizing an information event on the Trifinio Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve at UNESCO Headquarters on 12 September 2013. This meeting will provide information on the initiative: ‘Biosphere Reserves as Model Regions for a Green Economy – The example of Trifinio - Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala’, which is promoted by the German Authorities.

Participants also include representatives from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); and the manager of the Trifinio Fraternidad Biosphere. A photo exhibition on the Biosphere Reserve will be presented after the meeting.