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Wollumbin Biosphere Reserve

Wollumbin Biosphere Reserve Project is a regional initiative undertaken through the collaboration of SRI and the Caldera Environment Centre, Murwillumbah.

SRI and the Caldera Environment Centre have with the assistance of the Federal Department of Environment and Heritage conducted presentations in the Tweed Shire, with support from the Tweed Shire Council, the Byron Shire and Lismore City, on UNESCO’s Man And the Biosphere or MAB program and our proposal to achieve recognition of the Wollumbin Bioregion as a Biosphere Reserve under this program. We believe this project has the potential to provide huge benefits to this region in both environmental and economic terms.hi there

A Wollumbin Biosphere Project Committee has been formed to pursue this proposal and support for this has also been received from the Byron Environment Centre, The Big Scrub Environment Centre in Lismore and the Nimbin Environment Centre. A website has been developed for this proposed Wollumbin Biosphere Reserve with the assistance of Big Volcano Tourism who currently host the site, (see related links on this page). UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building aiming to improve the relationship of people with their environment globally. It notably targets the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss. It uses its World Network of Biosphere Reserves as vehicles for knowledge-sharing, research and monitoring, education and training, and participatory decision-making.

The biosphere reserve concept was developed initially in 1974 and was substantially revised in 1995 with the adoption by the UNESCO General Conference of the Statutory Framework and the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves. Today, with more than 480 sites in over 100 countries, the WNBR provides context-specific opportunities to combine scientific knowledge and governance modalities to: * Reduce biodiversity loss * Improve livelihoods * Enhance social, economic and cultural conditions for environmental sustainability * Thus contributing to the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular MDG 7 on environmental sustainability Biosphere reserves can also serve as learning and demonstration sites in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

Any interested parties are encouraged to contact SRI for more information or to offer to assist in the further development and promotion of this important initiative.