Photo: Laguna del Laja in Chile, Global Biosphere
The United Nations today added 18 new sites to its global list of biosphere reserves, bringing the total to 581 in 114 different countries, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported. In the impressive list was the Laguna del Laja in Chile.
The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in the German city of Dresden, added sites in Lithuania, Maldives, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Togo for the first time to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).
Biosphere reserves are places recognized by MAB where local communities are actively involved in governance and management, research, education, training and monitoring at the service of both socio-economic development and biodiversity conservation. They are thus sites for experimenting with and learning about sustainable development, UNESCO said.
The Corredor Biológico Nevados de Chillán-Laguna del Laja in Chile, is located in the northern part of the Patagonia region and is a global biodiversity hotspot, also characterized by an abundance of endemic species. This Latin American biological corridor connects three core areas in the region.
For a complete list of the global biosphere reserves click here.