IX Congreso de la Red Mundial de
Reservas de Biosfera Islas y Zonas Costeras
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Welcome to the IX MEETING OF THE WORLD NETWORK OF ISLAND AND COASTAL BIOSPHERE RESERVES website. This event was held in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) from the 15th to the 20th of September 2019. All the documents and presentations can be consulted here.

Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves currently includes more than 80 island or coastal area biosphere reserves, which represents over 10% of the total biosphere reserves worldwide.

The Network aims to foster sustainable development in islands and coastal areas and to promote adaptation and mitigation strategies on climate change. It is operated by two technical secretariats working together: Island of Jeju (Republic of Korea) and Menorca (Spain).

The 2019 meeting was hosted by the GCBR in South Africa, under the topic Coastlines in Balance, with the aim of strengthening cooperation among partners and advance in mutual learning and networking in coastal management.

The GCBR is located in the southern part of South Africa, across parts of the Western, Southern and Eastern Cape. It is an incredibly unique place in that it is the only area in the world where three global biodiversity hotspots converge: the Fynbos, Succulent Karoo and Maputoland-Tongoland-Albany hotspots.

On the 9th June 2015 UNESCO approved the designation of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve as South Africa’s 7th, and largest biosphere reserve – at 3,187,893 hectares!

Please visit the GCBR website at https://gouritz.com/ to find out more about it!

Organising entities and sponsors:

The Meeting was organised thanks to the cooperation of the MAB UNESCO Secretariat, the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve, the Jeju Biosphere Reserve, the Menorca Biosphere Reserve Agency, the National Parks Autonomous Agency (OAPN) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Environment of Spain and the MAB National Committee of South Korea.

The GCBR kindly acknowledges its local sponsor for the event:


Gourikwa Reserve
15 Buffelshoek
Gouritsmond, 6696
Western Cape
Republic of South Africa

Gourikwa map


The biosphere reserves and organizations represented in the Meeting were: 

Great Sandy BR (Australia), Guanahacabibes BR (Cuba), Waddensea of Lower Saxony BR (Germany), Jeju Island BR (Republic of Korea), Korea National Park Service (Republic of Korea), Wetland Korea Institute, MAB Korea National Committee (Republic of Korea), Yakushima and Kuchinoerabu Jima BR (Japan), Fuahmulah Nature Park, Ministry of Environment (Maldives), Macchabee / Bel Ombre BR (Mauritius), Commander Islands BR (Russia), Garden Route BR (South Africa), Gouritz Cluster BR (South Africa), Kogelberg BR (South Africa), Cape Winelands BR (South Africa), National MAB Committee (South Africa), Department of Environmental Affairs (South Africa), National Parks Autonomous Agency (OAPN) (Spain), Fuerteventura BR (Spain), Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo BR (Spain), Gran Canaria BR (Spain), Urdaibai BR (Spain), WNICBR Menorca Technical Office (Spain).

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