Full of Life

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves — Model Regions for Sustainable Development

  • Editors
  • German MAB National Committee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 3-9
  2. Sustainable Development: The Contribution by Biosphere Reserves

    1. Alfred Walter, Folkert Precht, Rolf-Dieter Preyer
      Pages 10-11
    2. Jürgen Nauber
      Pages 11-13
    3. Harald Plachter, Lenelis Kruse-Graumann, Werner Schulz
      Pages 14-23
  3. New Concepts for the Model Regions

    1. Lenelis Kruse-Graumann
      Pages 32-37
    2. Gertrud Hein, Lenelis Kruse-Graumann
      Pages 37-40
    3. Karl-Heinz Erdmann, Uwe Brendle, Ariane Meier
      Pages 41-43
    4. Harald Plachter, Guido Puhlmann
      Pages 51-55
    5. Beate Blahy, Gertrud Hein
      Pages 58-59
    6. Werner Schulz
      Pages 60-63
    7. Jürgen Rimpau
      Pages 63-64
    8. Hermann Graf Hatzfeldt
      Pages 65-66
    9. Barbara Engels, Beate Job-Hoben
      Pages 67-69
    10. Frauke Druckrey
      Pages 70-70
    11. Doris Pokorny, Lenelis Kruse-Graumann
      Pages 71-73
    12. Dieter Mayerl
      Pages 73-77
    13. Monika Dittrich, Rolf-Peter Mack
      Pages 78-80
  4. Examples from Practice

  5. Examples from Research

  6. Biosphere Reserves in Germany: An Overview

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 164-174

About this book


UNESCO biosphere reserves are full of life. Here, people put sustainable development into practice: economic, ecological, social and cultural objectives are pursued, conserving precious natural spaces in the process. People are opening up new opportunities for today and are taking responsibility for future generations. What could be more exciting than a look at new ways into the future? The 14 biosphere reserves in Germany are part of a world network of 440 areas in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB). Founded in the 1970s to research the relationship between man and the environment, biosphere reserves have been developed into model regions for sustainable development since the 1992 Rio Conference. This publication gives an overview of developments to date and the new direction for the MAB Programme in Germany. The generally valid guidelines for the conservation, care and development of these areas are explained. Various project examples from practice and research bear witness to the living implementation of the Programme in the German UNESCO biosphere reserves.


Ecosytem Research Landscape Ecology Monitoring Sustainability biodiversity biosphere environment

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