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Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network Sets Priorities

mab-unesco22 May 2013: During the Eleventh International Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS), the biosphere reserves of the REDBIOS Network agreed to reinforce their commitment to the development of the Man and Biosphere (MAB)Programme and established different priority work areas.

The meeting, which was organized by the MAB Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Government of Spain via its Autonomous Organism for National Parks (OAPN), and the Regional Government of Principe Island, took place at the Biosphere Reserve of the Island of Príncipe, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, from 3-9 May 2013.

The biosphere reserves of the REDBIOS Network agreed to create a collaborative platform for interaction both among the biosphere reserves, and between the reserves, the UNESCO MAB national committees, public and governmental entities, and other geographical and thematic networks within the MAB Programme.

Furthermore, the REDBIOS Network established the following priority work areas: natural resource management; education and knowledge; conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; enhancement and integrated management of the landscape; and management of quality economic processes.

Further to a proposal by the BiosphereSmart initiative, the Network will maximize the use of new information technologies to build a covenant for a sustainable future and promote a transition to green societies based on knowledge. [Biosphere Smart Initiative] [UNESCO Press Release] [UNESCO MAB Website]