Unesco's MAB Programme
UNESCO's Man And the Biosphere (MAB) Programme focuses on researching and testing different approaches to sustainable development that encompasses many various disciplines. A world wide network of biosphere reserves is where these approaches are put into practice. Each biosphere reserve under the MAB Programme has a unique configuration of climate and biodiversity as well as cultural and economic circumstances. The biosphere reserves stand as exemplary beacons of how people can apply the global principles of sustainable development to actions on a local scale.
In addition to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), the MAB Programme also engages in wider activities on significant ecosystems such as drylands, savannas, island and coastal areas, mountains, tropical forests, urban areas and wetlands. Activities include studies on carbon economies, ecosystem management, desertification, sacred natural sites and global change in mountain regions.