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Meeting in South Africa hosts debates on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves

12 November 2019
Gouritz Biosphere Reserve

Held in the Gouritz Biosphere Reserve, South Africa, between 16 and 19 September, the 9th Meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves gathered representatives from 10 countries, as well as from UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

In the occasion, participants shared various experiences in tourism, climate change, biodiversity conservation and local development, among others. They also assessed a research proposal on the value of island and coastal biosphere reserves as a source of carbon sink, and revised the activities of the Zero Plastic Working Group.

Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves currently includes more than 80 island or coastal area biosphere reserves, which represents over 10% of the total biosphere reserves worldwide. The Network aims to foster sustainable development in islands and coastal areas and to promote adaptation and mitigation strategies on climate change. It is operated by two technical secretariats working together: Island of Jeju (Republic of Korea) and Menorca (Spain).



For all outcomes, presentations, the final statement and summary reports, click here.