eco.mont Special Issue | Celebrating 50 Years of UNESCO-MAB and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves
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article written by MRI
08.07.21 | 11:07

This year, the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the open access journal eco.mont has dedicated a Special Issue to mountain biosphere reserves.

The Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research and Management (eco.mont) has published a new Special Issue under the title ‘Celebrating 50 Years UNESCO-MAB and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves: Trends and Challenges in Research, Management, and Policy of Mountain Biosphere Reserves.’ 

Among the research featured in this Special Issue is an assessment of the added value of ecological infrastructure – a planned network of high-quality natural and semi-natural elements designed and managed to provide ecosystem services – in Swiss Parks. MRI Principal Investigator Adrienne Grêt-Regamey is among the authors.

Also in this Special Issue, insights into how a participatory process supported local acceptance of a regional spatial development concept in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Großes Walsertal in Austria, an exploration of the opportunities and challenges for transdisciplinary research when applied to flood risk management, and a look at the current status and future prospects for the Lhalu wetland, an important hotspot of endemic and endangered species on the Tibetan Plateau that has suffered ecosystem damage and biodiversity loss in recent years.

The editors of this Special Issue are Günter Köck, Arne Arnberger (both MAB Austria), and Valerie Braun (eco.mont, ÖAW-IGF). eco.mont is

Access the Special Issue now. 


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Related Article: UNESCO’s World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves

The UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has decided to relaunch the World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves to involve all actors working in mountain biosphere reserves, including a collaboration with the MRI to support the needs of this network in the short-medium to long-term.

Parties interested in participating in this network are invited to complete a short survey to support the effective development of the network’s structure.

Read more and take the survey.


Cover image: Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land Biosphere Reserve, Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany. Photo by Kordula Vahle