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August 19, 2021 at 2:03 pm #917clive
The World Network of Biosphere Reserves currently has 714 sites in 129 countries all over the world. Spain now has a total of 52 biosphere reserves, confirming its leadership as the country with the largest number of these protected spaces in the world. The Spanish Network of Biosphere Reserves now occupies more than 6 million hectares, or 12% of the national territory, in which close to 2 million people live.
Full list here: https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/biospheres-in-spain/
Below image is Babia biosphere in Leon…
September 2, 2021 at 10:31 am #958Rachel
I read somewhere recently that some biospheres are not working out that well and UNESCO have added a clause to the contracts so that regions can withdraw or even lose the title of biosphere (and its funding one supposes)…
Is this true? I cant find the article I read now….September 2, 2021 at 10:36 am #959Carl
Rachel…. Did you read about this in Spanish or English?
I read a while back in El Pais about a mechanism for a region to opt out or to be removed if they don’t apply to the project correctly..September 2, 2021 at 10:42 am #960Rachel
That was it… Thankyou!
I find it interesting the man and the biosphere projects in Spain are located mostly in the most depopulated areas and haven’t really addressed the issue of rural depopulation…
“Cuando se oye hablar de reservas de la biosfera, mucha gente piensa en conservación de la naturaleza, pero es mucho más, estas tienen tres funciones: una muy básica que es la conservación del patrimonio cultural y natural, otra que se centra en el desarrollo socioeconómico, y una tercera que está enfocada en la investigación, la innovación, etc”, señala Rodríguez. “La mayoría de las reservas de la biosfera se encuentran en la España vaciada, nuestro principal problema ahora mismo es la despoblación y por eso para nosotros resulta fundamental la función de desarrollo socioeconómico”.September 29, 2021 at 10:16 am #1053clive
Finally I have finished writing up all the articles for biospheres in Spain. The last one confuses me somewhat as it seems to include other already exisiting biospheres withing it (Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves)
the latest one is …
The Intercontinental del Mediterraneo biosphere reserve runs between southern Europe and North Africa and is dominated by a string of mountain ranges forming an open arch to the Mediterranean Sea (the Strait of Gibraltar) which in turn divides the mountain range known as the Bético-Rifeño system into two sections.
On the Morrocan side, the water falls of akchour in the National park of Talassemtane
September 30, 2021 at 11:09 am #1054Dave
It is a bit odd that areas are protected by natural park status then get included into biospheres. I wonder if they know who’s in charge! 🙂
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