WHY A BIOSPHERE AREA IN THE VINDEL RIVER CATCHMENT?
◾Because our area is unique
◾There is a great deal of local, regional and national commitment, and project activities in the area are extensive
◾Because there is a broadly rooted desire to gather the region from mountain to coast
◾A Biosphere reserve can serve as a platform for collaboration, connecting actors – vertically and horizontally, to get a more holistic view of sustainable development.
WHAT DO WE DO?
◾We support and inspire local actors in the area to work towards sustainable development
◾We enable new partnerships that promote sustainable development
◾We are project or process leader collaborative initiatives aimed at strengthening our area.
WHAT IS A BIOSPHERE RESERVE?
The word Biosphere means everything living on earth and the environment in which it lives. It is about the interaction between man and the environment. The task of the Biosphere reserves is to show good examples of how we create a sustainable future for future generations and develop local solutions to global challenges by exploring the question ”What is sustainable development for us?”. Each Biosphere reserve is unique and shaped according to local conditions. A Biosphere reserves development is determined by people and organizations living and working in the area.
A Biosphere reserve has three main purposes:
◾Develop society in a long-term sustainable way,
◾Preserve biological and cultural diversity, ecosystems and landscapes,
◾ Support demonstration projects, research and environmental monitoring.
We will locally in the area strive to best apply these purposes in the best possible way. Local collaboration is the reason!
THE BIOSPHERE PROGRAMME
The program sets out the guidelines that indicate what focus biosphere areas should have.
SWEDISH BIOSPHERE RESERVES
Biosphere reserves are designated by UNESCO, the UN Agency for Culture, Science and Education. The task of the Biosphere reserves is to show good examples of how we create a sustainable future for future generations and develop local solutions to global challenges by exploring the question ”What is sustainable development for us?” Within a Biosphere reserve, one should work to promote nature conservation, community development and development of research and education – through cooperation. A Biosphere reserve is shaped according to local conditions, precisely why every Biosphere reserve is unique!
A decision on the Biosphere reserve does not in itself provide protection in the legal sense. It does not add any new regulations or restrictions. Instead, the biosphere area is intended to be inspiring. If many aspire to common goals, the powers and opportunities become stronger. Cooperation and participation are therefore the basis of the biosphere concept. You are part of the biosphere!
In addition to Vindelälven-Juhtatdahka, Voxnadalen is also a Biosphere candidate. They will submit an application to UNESCO in 2017 to become a Biosphere reserve.
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