The EuroMAB Network includes all European and North-American member states which participate in UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). EuroMAB is the largest and oldest of the nine regional and inter-regional MAB Networks. It is made up of 36 countries, including Canada and the USA, and includes 302 biosphere reserves (BRs). Bringing together almost half of the total WNBR sites, the EuroMAB Network is a platform for sharing knowledge, know-how and experience of sustainable development, as well as a collective tool for supporting sustainable development practices among BR coordinators, scientists and MAB National Committees.
World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves
This Network was launched in 2009 by UNESCO MAB Programme to foster sustainable development in islands and coastal areas and to promote adaptation and mitigation strategies on climate change.
Islands and coastal areas, while representing a wide range of contexts, have shared characteristics and face common challenges. They are sensitive sites due to their high level of biodiversity and the great amount of endemism and fragile and rare ecosystems that they shelter. They are are particularly vulnerable to processes of global change such as climate change, and in turn have great potential in the study of these changes and in the implementation and testing of sustainable development policies.
To make the most of this potential, the Network emerges as a forum for cooperation and knowledge transfer between distant territories facing common challenges. In this context, networking is a great opportunity for our biosphere reserves to be enriched and to advance in the challenge of bringing the concept of sustainable development to the local level.
World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves
During the 14th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place in 2016 in Lima, Peru, a proposal was made to create a thematic network of biosphere reserves located in mountain areas.
In December 2021 – the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development – the UNESCO MAB Programme, along with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), launched the World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves.
The World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves aims to provide constant support to biosphere reserves through research, strategic partnerships and collaborations as well as North-South and South-South exchanges of experience. This approach will enable the WNMBR to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and climatic and biodiversity agreements, without leaving anyone behind.