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The UK Man and the Biosphere (UK MAB) Committee oversees UNESCO's MAB Programme in the UK. The MAB Programme encourages a balanced relationship between people and their environment. Biosphere reserves are a major component of the MAB Programme. People across all sectors of society have a say in how biosphere reserves are used, developed and managed to ensure growth of the area and protect the healthy state of the environment.

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Recent News:

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Aug 29, 2013

A series of community events and celebrations ahve been taking place in north Devon with more to come, that mark the 10 years of being an active World Biosphere Reserve.


May 13, 2013

In support of the governement's Natural Environment White Paper 2011 (England), North Devon's Biosphere Reserve has been chosen to be one of the small handfull of pilot areas in England to test approaches to Biodiversity Offsetting.


May 13, 2013

Through a remit to support BRs internationally, expertise from UKMAB has been applied in East Africa. Support has been given to develop a Management Plan framework for the 3 existing BRs in Tanzania that links to the the statutory planning for the core areas.

A further manual has been produced to support the state bodies to make applications for new Biosphere Reserves and to mainstream gender and culture issues through the biosphere reserve and its management.


May 13, 2013

North Devon's Biosphere REserve has gained funding from the Englands Catchment Restoration Fund to  improve water quality and fish stocks in the Taw Catchment. The project was submitted by the North Devon Biosphere Partnership and is being led by Westcountyry Rivers Trust. The project is called the Taw River Improvement Proejct (TRIP)


Oct 13, 2012

The Wester Ross Alliance has been working with the University of Highlands and Islands to explore how the Beinn Eighe old stlye BR can be extended to cmply with the Seville criteria.