Emerging models – Urban biospheres reserves?
According to the article, “City of Kandy and its hinterlands as an urban biosphere reserve“, by Dr. Nimal Gunatilleke, Daily News, 4 October 2007, biospheres may soon be introduced to urban areas and hinterland.
Biosphere Reserves (see http://www.unesco.org/mab/BRs.shtml) aim to achieve a sustainable balance between the conservation of biological diversity, economic development, and maintenance of associated cultural values. There are currently 507 biosphere reserves distributed in 102 countries across the world. By expanding the Biosphere Reserve (BR) concept into urban centres, it is expected they will contribute towards conservation and sustainable development through urban planning and management focusing on ecosystem approach of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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