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The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve is one of 5 Biosphere Reserves recognised under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme in Australia and one of 738 Reserves world-wide.

Launched in 1971, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. It proposes interdisciplinary research, demonstration and training in natural resources management. The MAB Programme develops the basis within the natural and social sciences for the rational and sustainable use and conservation of the resources of the Biosphere and for the improvement of the overall relationship between people and their environment. It predicts the consequences of today’s actions on tomorrow’s world and thereby increases people’s ability to efficiently manage natural resources for the well-being of both human populations and the environment.

By focusing on sites internationally recognized within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the MAB Programme strives to:

On 21st June 2022, UNESCO designated 11 new biosphere reserves. Find the press release here.

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