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World Network of
Mountain Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme

Empowering mountain communities through conservation, research and sustainable development

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the World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves (WNMBR)

The World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves (WNMBR) combines the unique diversity and culture of mountain ecosystems with a common framework for the conservation of the natural and human environment in a context of sustainability. The WNMBR provides a channel for communication and collaboration that fosters the exchange of perspectives, knowledge and experience among mountain biosphere reserves around the world, providing a basis for international research projects and enabling solutions to common challenges.

World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves (WNMBR)


World biosphere reserves


Biosphere reserves in mountain areas


members of the WNMBR


of the earth surface belongs to mountain areas


millions of people live in mountain areas

The goals of the WNMBR

Knowledge for management

Promote the application of scientific and local/Indigenous community knowledge to improve the management of mountain biosphere reserves.

Promote research

Prioritize lines of research related to the objectives of conservation and sustainable development of mountain biosphere reserves.

Knowledge exchange

Promote the exchange of knowledge and best practice between management teams, scientists and other relevant stakeholders in mountain biosphere reserves.

Members and partners

The WNMBR is permanently being updated with the incorporation of new biosphere reserves that join the network and collaborating institutions that participate in different projects of the WNMBR or provide technical and/or financial support for activities.

Contact the WNMBR

Send us a message with all the questions or information you would like to know, we will answer you as soon as possible.

Do you want to join the WNMBR?

If you are a UNESCO mountain biosphere reserve or a research centre with an interest in mountains, contact us for more information on how to join the WNMBR.

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