when did the concept of biosphere Reserve evolve? is it advantageous in the present context ????

Asked by kanishkaaggarwal | 24th Feb, 2010, 01:29: PM

Expert Answer:

This concept was introduced in 1970 and continues to evolve even today. Biosphere Reserve is a part of an international network of preserved areas designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is a type of conservation area designated by UNESCO in an attempt to establish an international network of protected areas encompassing examples of all the Earth's major vegetation and physiographic types. Biopsphere reserves contain virgin vegetation, plus various kinds of cultural landscape, in the whole of which conservation is practised.

Biosphere Reserves are vital centers of biodiversity where research and monitoring activities are conducted, with the participation of local communities, to protect and preserve healthy natural systems threatened by development. The global system currently includes 324 reserves in 83 countries.

The UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme (MAB) was established in 1977. Biosphere reserves are protected areas that are meant to demonstrate a balanced relationship between man and nature.

Answered by  | 25th Feb, 2010, 01:57: PM

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