MAB France rewards local actors for original sustainable development initiatives in French biosphere reserves.

For the second time, the French MAB National Committee Chair Didier Babin will present this year winners of the French Biosphere Reserve Trophies in a ceremony that will take place at UNESCO Headquarter in Paris on Monday 21 September 2015, with M. Han Qunli Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences and Secretary of the MAB programme.

The Biosphere Reserve Trophies rewards original initiatives carried out by local actors in the field of sustainable development in French biosphere reserves.  They encourage commitment to the sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity, sustainable development and combatting climate change, and are accompanied by financial support.  The trophies promote the establishment of exchanges and partnerships between biosphere reserves and local actors to support their network organization.

The MAB France Trophies is a great opportunity to highlight positive and concrete action that are taking place in Biosphere Reserves. Discussions are being held for initiating similar rewards in EuroMAB network and in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.