International Meeting on Biosphere Reserves in Islands and Coastal Areas in Africa: Models for Sustainable Development
UNESCO, the Government of Spain via its Autonomous Organism for National Parks (OAPN) and the Regional Government of Principe Island are organising the Eleventh International Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS), which will take place from 3 to 9 May 2013 at the Biosphere Reserve of the Island of Príncipe, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how biosphere reserves can be used as models of sustainable development in islands and coastal areas of Africa.
REDBIOS is part of the Man and the Biosphere Programme and comprises the Canary Islands (Spain), Cape Verde, Mauritania, Madeira and Azores (Portugal), Morocco and Senegal. The network fulfils an interregional mandate to enable countries from the Macaronesian Region, which encloses several groups of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Europe and Africa, to cooperate and exchange their experiences.