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Manual for African Biosphere Reserves

On 8 June 2015, the German Commission for UNESCO launched the Management Manual for UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Africa in Paris. The Manual is a comprehensive reference document on Biosphere Reserves, with practical guidance focusing on stakeholder and community engagement. It is targeted at managers of Biosphere Reserves in Africa as well as their staff, key partners and stakeholders. The Manual is available in English and French. The authors are three experts from Africa; contributions have been made by around 110 experts and managers from all over Africa. more

Contributions of Germany to the WNBR

In February 2016, the German MAB National Committee adopted a position paper specifying the role of German biosphere reserves should play in the World Network. This includes expectations on "twinning partnerships" and recommendations on how to organize missions to other countries (link)

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The SAB is a body created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2013 in order to provide him and the Executive Heads of UN agencies with advice on strengthening the interface between science, policy and society, particularly in areas relevant to sustainable development. UNESCO hosts the Secretariat for the Board, whose inaugural meeting took place in Berlin on 30 and 31 January 2014 at the invitation of the German Federal Government. more...

Implementation of MAB in Germany

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO MAB programme in 2011, the German Commission for UNESCO and the German MAB committee have assembled a comprehensive information document on the legal and administrative implementation of MAB in Germany. Info document

How to file complaints on human rights violations is an extensive online resource offering a wealth of practical information on all aspects of all UN human rights procedures. This 2010 version is the 5th edition of a book authored by Klaus Hüfner, jointly published by DUK and the United Nations Association of Germany. This "global resource" may be reused and translated into other languages. The "African version" is continuously updated at

Free satellite images for World Heritage sites

The German Aerospace Center DLR and UNESCO cooperate in the framework of the „Open Initiative“ since 2007 and provide satellite data free of charge to World Heritage sites and biosphere reserves, if the projects fulfil the criteria of the Open Initiative. (more...)



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