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.
Biosphere Reserves Pete Frost Countryside Council for Wales (Almost) everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask……
What are they for? • Conserving biodiversity, with • Sustainable use • Living laboratories for sustainable development
What’s different about them? • Social • Cultural • Spiritual • Economic
What do they do? Development Conservation Logistic
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
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
Networking • Capacity building • Focus on different ecosystems • Research and monitoring • Sustainable development in action
The Periodic Review • UK re-joins UNESCO • UNESCO asks for a report • DETR commissions review • Some UK Biosphere Reserves de-listed
What about the Dyfi? • No zonation • Too small
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
What are the options? • Do nothing • Apply to de-designate • Bring it up to standard
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
….Form filling • Very long • Very detailed • Lots of supporting information
Then what? The hard work really starts!