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Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal / marine ecosystems, where, through appropriate zoning and management, the conservation of ecosystems and their biodiversity are combined with the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of local communities. This includes relevant research, monitoring, education and training. All the above are tools for implementing Agenda 21, the Convention on Biological Diversity and other international agreements.
The areas all have multiple functions. The zoning includes a core area, a buffer zone and an outer transition area. The outer boundary is always flexible.
There are (in October 2004) 459 Biosphere Reserves in 97 countries.
For a full list of all Biosphere Reserves in the world, see:
See also: List of Conservation topics
- Biosphere Reserves in a nutshell -- http://www.unesco.org/mab/nutshell.htm
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