Biosphere Reserves World-Wide


Bliesgau is one of the 15 Biosphere Reserves in Germany that are recognised by UNESCO and classified under state law.  World-wide there are currently 627 Biosphere Reserves in more than 117 countries (Status May 2013). Biosphere Reserves are model regions in which the coexistence of man and nature is to be put to the test and developed as examples. They protect cultivated landscapes from destructive influences and preserve and develop valuable habitats for people and nature. They provide for a balanced relationship between human use and natural cycles and contribute thereby to regional value creation. Biosphere Reserves enable an exemplary insight into the interaction of natural and social processes in research and science. Corresponding to their respective functions, Biosphere Reserves break down into core, care and development zones, classified according to the influence of human activity.
Unlike in natural parks, man as an economic factor and nature are both in focus in the case of Biosphere Reserves. Nature conservation and the protection of species are a central concern in Biosphere Reserves, but so are agriculture, tourism, forestry, fishery, settlement development, traffic, commerce, culture and social concerns. All should be developed positively in harmony with nature.
In addition to that, the research on the relationships between people and the environment; ecological environmental observations and environmental education play and important role in Biosphere Reserves.

Excursion                                                                      Cultivated landscape

Reserve Bliesgau directly borders on the cross-border Biosphere Reserve Pfälzer Wald/Nordvogesen to the southeast.


Here you can find information about Biosphere Reserves in Germany and world-wide..