New map of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves: 2017-2018

21 November 2017

A new map of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves shows the current distribution of all biosphere reserves around the world, including the 23 new sites that were added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2017. The Network currently includes 669 sites in 120 countries, including 20 transboundary/transcontinental sites.

The map is available in English, French, Spanish, and German and also includes an overview of the objectives, tasks and structures of these areas. Biosphere Reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. New sites are designated every year by the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which is composed of representatives of 34 elected UNESCO Member States.

The world map was prepared by the UNESCO-MAB programme with the generous support of the National Commissions of Austria, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland to UNESCO.