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22 Dec 2010

Québec’s biosphere reserves — an example to follow

On December 15, Claude Fleury, Director of the Québec Government Office in Barcelona (BQB), gave a speech in the county of Amposta, Catalonia, on Québec’s biosphere reserves. His presentation was part of an event held to launch Spain’s candidacy for the regions of Ebro and Matarranya (located respectively in Catalonia and Aragon) to obtain the status of World Biosphere Reserves, awarded by UNESCO.

Claude Fleury was invited by an organization called Tribuna Internacional de les Terres de l’Ebre. The event was organized by Patronat CatalunyaMon and the Ebre Communication Group, with support from Ajuntament d’Amposta and Consell per a la projecció internacional de les Terres de l’Ebre.

Fleury described the four Québec sites recognized by UNESCO:

  • Manicouagan-Uapishka (2007)
  • Lac Saint-Pierre (2000)
  • Charlevoix (1988)
  • Mont Saint-Hilaire (1978).

He also stressed Québec’s expertise in managing and protecting its biosphere reserves and the high level of community empowerment in Québec when it comes to protecting landscapes, species and biodiversity.

UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme

A total of 564 sites are recognized under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB), launched in the early 1970s in order to improve relationships between populations and their environments. MAB proposes an interdisciplinary agenda aimed at ensuring the long-term existence of local resources and at protecting the biodiversity of different types of ecosystems.

As an international cooperation tool, it focuses on coordinating efforts with respect to managing natural and environmental resources. Implementation of the Man and Biosphere Programme relies on the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Regional partners contribute to knowledge-sharing, research and monitoring, education and training, and participatory decision-making.

Québec Government Office in Barcelona
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