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Biosphere Reserves. Pete Frost Countryside Council for Wales. (Almost) everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask……. What are they?. What are they for?. Conserving biodiversity, with Sustainable use Living laboratories for sustainable development.

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    1. Biosphere Reserves Pete Frost Countryside Council for Wales (Almost) everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask……

    2. What are they?

    3. What are they for? • Conserving biodiversity, with • Sustainable use • Living laboratories for sustainable development

    4. What’s different about them? • Social • Cultural • Spiritual • Economic

    5. What do they do? Development Conservation Logistic

    6. What do they look like?

    7. But in reality…

    8. How do they work? • Stakeholder participation • Management Plan • Designated authority or mechanism • Mechanisms to manage human use in Buffer Zone • Programmes for research, monitoring, education, training

    9. What’s the role of:

    10. What do UNESCO do? • Assess applications • Maintain the world list • Maintain the website (http://www.unesco.org/mab/wnbr.htm) • Promote networking • Review existing Biosphere Reserves

    11. Networking • Capacity building • Focus on different ecosystems • Research and monitoring • Sustainable development in action

    12. The Periodic Review • UK re-joins UNESCO • UNESCO asks for a report • DETR commissions review • Some UK Biosphere Reserves de-listed

    13. What about the Dyfi? • No zonation • Too small

    14. The good news! • The most promising BR in the UK • Easy to create Core Area and Buffer Zones from existing Nature Reserves and protected areas (SSSI) • Transition Area could cover the catchment

    15. What are the options? • Do nothing • Apply to de-designate • Bring it up to standard

    16. How do we do it? • Listen to informed local opinion • Relay the result to the National Assembly • National Assembly works via the UNESCO UK MAB Committee and the Foreign Office

    17. ….Form filling • Very long • Very detailed • Lots of supporting information

    18. Then what? The hard work really starts!