Sustainable Tourism

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

More than 1000 delegates met in Lima – Peru at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves from 14-17 March 2016.

It was the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves and the delegates accomplished a challenging task during the sessions. The Lima Action Plan set goals for the management and sustainable development of the current 651 Biosphere Reserves. With this Lima action plan UNESCO contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, such as education for sustainable development, the economic viability of nature conservation systems, biodiversity, and the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, among others.

This meeting involved all National Committees of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program and experts directly involved in the practical implementation of biosphere reserves, including: representatives of governments, biosphere reserves, local communities, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and organizations and institutions from all over the world working with the MAB Programme. Sustainable Tourism Development is one of the main economic sources for communities in and around Biosphere Reserves. We participated at this meeting and contributed to the elaboration of a specific action plan on sustainable tourism, gathering tourism experts from around the world.

Michael Meyer from Ecological Tourism of Europe (ETE) and European Wilderness Society chaired the tourism workshop during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves. The workshop defined a global strategy on sustainable tourism for the current 651 Biosphere Reserves. The results of this workshop will be integrated into the Lima Action Plan. You can find more information about the congress at:


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