The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme held a meeting in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 with the Minister of the Environment of Peru, Mr Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, representatives of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP), and the Director of the UNESCO Office in Lima, to follow up on the organization of the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves: A New Vision for the Decade 2016-2025 – UNESCO Biosphere Reserves for Sustainable Development.
During the meeting Mr Pulgar-Vidal reiterated the importance of this world meeting of biosphere reserves as a follow up two important milestones: the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The event will involve all National Committees of the MAB Programme and experts directly involved in the practical implementation of biosphere reserves, including representatives of governments, biosphere reserves, local communities, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and organizations and institutions from all over the world working with the MAB Programme.
The Congress will address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, such as climate change, the economic viability of nature conservation systems, biodiversity, education for sustainable development, and the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, among others.
The Congress will be a key moment for the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves, as it will mark the launching of the new Strategy and Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.