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Under the patronage of UNESCO, the third edition of the international conference on plastic pollution from macroplastics to nanoplastics, MICRO 2020 : Knowledge and responsibilities , will be held from the 23–27 of November, 2020. As in previous years, the island of Lanzarote will host this event, however this year’s conference will be predominantly online:


The World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, through its secretariats in Menorca (Spain) and Jeju Island (Republic of Korea) and UNESCO's MAB Programme, invites biosphere reserves located in islands and coastal areas to submit projects aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their territories. Update: the selected projects will be announced by the end of November.


Under the theme "Mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Reserves of Biosphere in Islands and Coastal Areas", the first virtual meeting of Network’s members was held on the 16th-17th of September, aimed at monitoring the current situation of the Network and communicate the initiatives underway and the last updates.

17th Newsletter
The 17th Newsletter of our Network has been issued in July. Immersed in this unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, our biosphere reserve partners are keeping efforts to find pathways for sustainable solutions facing the environmental global crisis.

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme organizes a International Workshop on "Load-Capacity Model for Sustainable Management" developed by the Urban Plans and Projects Programme of the Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile), which will be held virtually on 7-8 July 2020.


UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme hosts a webinar series for representatives of the World Network of Biosphere Reserve, in response to the COVID19 crisis that hit the entire planet since the beginning of March 2020.

Over the past months the World Islands and Coastal Biosphere Reserve Network (WNICBR) has incorporated five new biosphere reserve territories from Australia, USA, Vietnam, Canada and Colombia. With these new members, the network continues to grow and there are already 65 formally adhered BRs.

The new year begins with some new documents to share with our partners: the 16th Newsletter has been issued by the Jeju Secretariat to keep us informed on the recent news from our members. This issue collects the biggest amount of stories ever! On the other hand, the Proceedings’ book of the 7th Training course, held in Jeju island last October 2019, are already available.

Last week saw an historic event unfold in the life of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) and the Hessequa region, when delegates from 11 nations from all over the globe convened for the 9th annual Meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) on the southern cape coast. The event was noteworthy in that it was the first time that the meeting was held on African soil, and the GCBR – a relative newcomer to the WNICBR - had the honour of hosting it.

This September the proceedings book of the VIII Congress of the Network, held in Menorca in 2018, has been published. It is a publication edited by the Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency and UNESCO that exposes all the work done during the last congress, which gathered delegates representing 46 biosphere reserves around the world.

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