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Biosphere Reserves
Map showing the World Network of Biosphere Reserves as of 2013.

The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is a division of UNESCO that tries to improve and encourage conservation and sustainability around the world. It was created in 1971. Its main focus is a network of biosphere reserves. The programme acts as a kind of forum for exchanging ideas and experiences on sustainable development and management of these reserves. Biosphere reserves are areas that are supposed to develop creative ideas, test them and share the results. To date, there are 621 biosphere reserves in 117 countries.

UNESCO Region Number of
Biosphere Reserves
Number of
Africa 64 28
Arab states 271 11
Asia and the Pacific 124 23
Europe and North America 289 34
Latin America and the Caribbean 117 21

1 Includes the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, shared between Morocco and Spain
*Table not up to date

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