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New UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in mountain areas

Oct 11, 2007 / alpMedia
A total of 23 selected regions and protected areas from 18 countries are to join the global network of biosphere reserves. The decision was taken in Paris at the conference of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB).
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West Nghe An in Vietnam was recently included on the list of biosphere reserves. Quelle: Wikipedia
Some of the new additions to UNESCO's World Network includes mountain regions such as the reserves of Western Nghe An in Vietnam, Sierra de Alamos - Río Cuchujaqui in Mexico and Apaneca-Llamatepec in El Salvador. The latter for instance promotes sustainable coffee plantations and cultivation, thereby strengthening an important regional economic sector.
This is in keeping with the definition of Biosphere Reserves, which see themselves as model regions which innovate and demonstrate approaches to conservation and sustainable development at the regional level. The network of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves now comprises 529 model regions in 105 countries, 41 of them in alpine countries.
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