The UK Man and the Biosphere Reserve Committee

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Discover the UK MAB Committee

The UK Man and the Biosphere Reserve Committee


The UK Man and the Biosphere (UK MAB) Committee oversees UNESCO’s MAB Programme in the UK.

The UK Man and the Biosphere (UK MAB) Committee oversees UNESCO’s MAB Programme in the UK.

The MAB Programme encourages a balanced relationship between people and their environment. Biosphere reserves are a major component of the MAB Programme.

People across all sectors of society have a say in how biosphere reserves are used, developed and managed to ensure growth of the area and protect the healthy state of the environment.

The UK MAB Committee represents various groups with an interest in biosphere reserves that reflect the multiple facets of the MAB Programme.

The Committee is independent but works closely with the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

UK MAB Committee Members

Representatives of government agencies

Malcolm Duce (Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division)
Dai Harris (Welsh Government, Department for Natural Resources and Food)
Neil Rainey (Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Environment Division)
Andy Tully (Department for Food and Rural Affairs, International Protected Areas Team)

Representatives from Biosphere Reserves

Andy Bell (North Devon Biosphere: BR coordinator): International Projects Officer
Natasha Dix (Isle of Wight Biosphere)
Sarah Dobson (Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere)
Ed Forrest (Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere: BR Partnership)
Jo Overty (Isle of Man Biosphere)
Andy Rowland (Dyfi Biosphere Partnership)
Iain Turnbull (Wester Ross Biosphere)


Matthew Cragoe (Goldsmiths): vice-chair
Marc Metzger (University of Edinburgh)
Martin Price (University of the Highlands and Islands): chair
Richard Scott (UK Urban Ecology Forum)


Chris Mahon (IUCN National Committee UK)
Alison Brown (Candidate Fens Biosphere)


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