UNESCO and Wiki Loves Earth have partnered to create Wiki Loves Earth Biosphere Reserves, a competition to create photographs free for everyone to use and to get to know biosphere reserves. The competition was launched on World Environment Day (5 June) and will close on 30 June 2016. Ten winning images will be shared on the UNESCO website and social media and will be entered into the Wiki Loves Earth international competition. Wiki Loves Earth competitions around the world have created over 180,000 images of protected natural sites. Participate in the competition!
Education is key to find sustainable solutions to the problems we all face and to learn to live sustainably with the rest of the natural world. In her message for World Environment Day, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, states that "Sustainable environmental action hinges on the education of all citizens, from the earliest age, in sustainable development.....No single country, however powerful, can resolve the challenges of our common environment."
UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme was created “to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments”. Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems or a combination thereof, which are internationally recognized within the framework of UNESCO’s Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB). Each Biosphere Reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. Today there are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries belonging to a World Network of Biosphere Reserves offering us opportunities to explore how to live sustainably.
Cormorants at dusk on the pond of Vaccarès, part of Delta du Rhone Biosphere Reserve, France. Photo by Ddeveze, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0