At the recent UNESCO General Conference in Paris, the Biosphere Reserves Institute (BRI) at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) was designated as a UNESCO Category II Institute. An international governing board will be set up for the BRI, to help shape its work and integrate it even better into the international research landscape.
On 13 November 2023, at the 42nd General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, the designation of the Biosphere Reserves Institute (BRI) as a UNESCO Category II Institute was approved unanimously and without any debate. The designation was agreed at Germany’s request and is valid for 8 years.
The Biosphere Reserves Institute at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) was founded in 2019. Since 2020, it has been offering the first English-language master’s programme on biosphere reserves management. In collaboration with Leuphana University Lüneburg it hosts a doctoral programme developing research in, for and with biosphere reserves. The scientists at the institute conduct research focused on the significance and impact of biosphere reserves, and offer further training and networking opportunities for the international biosphere reserves community.
The BRI looks forward to contributing to UNESCO’s agenda and to support the development and the mission of biosphere reserves to become model regions for sustainability, within the framework of the "Man and the Biosphere" program.
Are you interested in biosphere reserves and in advancing their mission? Find more information about the BRI on the website: www.biospherereserves.institute