Biosphere Reserves - Special places for people and nature

Posted: 17 June 2003

Author: UNESCO-MAB Secretariat
February 2002
Euros 16

This colourful book traces the progress and pitfalls of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme. It provides a useful guide for anyone involved or interested in the Man and the Biosphere network.


The book outlines the analytical and historical foundations of the MAB concept as well as major environmental conventions. It also presents concise portraits of diverse reserves to highlight accomplishments as well as difficulties encountered in promoting sustainable development in different socio-economic, cultural and geographic contexts.

This is not an easy read, but the book is well laid out, with some useful project descriptions from around the world.

For copies of the book, contact Solange Belin at: or visit: UNESCO Publishing