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29th Session of the MAB International Co-ordinating Council (ICC)
12-15 June 2017
UNESCO HQ, Paris, France

Majang Forest - Ethiopia
Moen - Denmark
Sobo, Katamuki & Okue - Japan
Gadabedji - Niger
The Bureau of the MAB ICC took note that some of the core areas are not fully surrounded by a buffer zone, including one marine core area. It welcomed the additional information provided on why some of the core terrestrial and marine areas are only partially buffered. For the marine core area, creating a buffer zone would reduce the size of the core area and as the biosphere reserve authority does not have jurisdiction over the international water. As regards the core terrestrial areas, de facto buffer zones are designed by land owners who are cooperating and supporting the biosphere reserve proposal but do not wish at this stage to have their private lands officially mapped as a buffer zone.

The Bureau therefore recommended that the site be
approved
.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC
encouraged the authorities to reconcile the estimated population of the area in all sections of the dossier (225,490 or 224,925) and to provide a copy of the specific law on the biosphere reserve by 15 May 2017.

The Bureau recommended that the site be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged the authorities to integrate sustainable tourism
development and conflict resolution in the future management plan.

Karatau - Kazakhstan
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this submission and commended the authorities of Japan for the very well written proposal with a clear zonation. It commended on-going forest restoration efforts. The Bureau acknowledged that the authorities have already started to explore the feasibility to increase the core area by adding other areas of the quasi-national park and to increase the buffer zone by adding prefectural natural parks as suggested by the Advisory Committee The Bureau recommended that Sobo, Katamuki and Okue be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
Indawgyi - Republic Union of Myanmar
Le Bureau du MAB CIC a considéré qu'il existe un fort potentiel pour la conservation de la biodiversité, l'écotourisme, la recherche, le suivi et l'éducation. Il a recommandé que le site soit
approuvé
.

Il a encouragé les autorités à mettre en oeuvre intégralement le plan de gestion à l'effet de formaliser la plateforme de consultation multipartite et de favoriser les initiatives de développement durable.
Bosques de Paz - Ecuador & Peru
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this nomination proposal and recommended that the site be
approved
.
Black Forest - Germany
The Bureau of the MAB ICC noted with appreciation the high degree of involvement of local stakeholders and their support towards the designation.

The Bureau recommended that the proposal be
approved
.

The Bureau commended the German authorities for the quality of the nomination form and further recommended that this nomination form is used as a model to be shared in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Tepilora, Rio Posada & Montalbo - Italy
The Bureau of the MAB ICC thanked the authorities for the clarification provided to the technical questions and recommended that the site be
approved
.

The Bureau commended the authorities for the nomination form and encouraged the authorities to continue with the process of preparing comprehensive management plan for the biosphere reserve and to share with the WNBR the outcomes of the implementation of “UNESCO MAB Brand & Story Toolkit”.
Termit et TinToumma - Niger
Metsola - Russian Federation
Kizlyar Bay - Russian Federation
The MAB Bureau acknowledged receipt and examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely explanation on the lack of buffer zone adjacent to the core area in the western part. The information were satisfactory therefore, the MAB Bureau recommend the site to be
approved
. National authorities are further recommended that the national authorities consider the establishment of core area also on Tyuleny Island in the future.
The MAB Bureau acknowledged receipt and examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely a map with zones using the terminology according to the Statutory framework as regards the buffer zones; detailed information about the size of core areas, buffer zones and transition area; and more detailed information on the management plan for the proposed area. The MAB ICC Bureau also thanked the authorities for the additional information provided on cooperation with Finland and on the environmental impact of iron production facility. The information provided were satisfactory therefore, the MAB Bureau recommend the site to be
approved
. The Bureau welcomed and encouraged the on-going cooperation with Finland.


Khakassky - Russian Federation
Garden Route - South Africa
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommends that the site be
approved
.

The Bureau of the MAB ICC strongly encouraged the independent body established for the
management of the proposed biosphere reserve to explore in addition to tourism other substantial livelihoods opportunities for disadvantaged user groups and to involve them in management of the area. The Advisory Committee looked forward to receiving the management plan after it has been finalized.

San Marcos de Colón - Honduras
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed the biosphere reserve purpose to be a social, economic, cultural and educational center that promotes new types of sustainable activities and revival of national culture with the goal to provide additional income to the region’s economy. It also welcomed the plans to design ethnical and environmental programs aimed at preserving indigenous culture and traditional nature management of Khakass peoples.

The Bureau recommended that the site be
approved
.
Minakami - Japan
Itaipu - Paraguay
Jebel El Dair - Sudan
La Selle / Jaragua Bahoruco Enriquillo -Haiti / Dominican Republic
The MAB Bureau acknowledge receipt of the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely clear indication on the total area of the whole biosphere reserve and of each zone (core, buffer and transition). The data provided were satisfactory and therefore, the MAB Bureau recommends the site to be
approved
.

The MAB Bureau endorsed the encouragement of the authorities to work together with the bordering Bosque Mbaracayu Biosphere Reserve in Paraguay and Mata Atlantica Biosphere Reserve located on the Brazilian side of the Itaipu Dam.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommended that Jebel Al Dair be
approved
as a biosphere reserve. The Bureau understood that due to meteorological conditions at the time of the submission of the nomination file, Jebel Al Dair was not accessible and authorities could not complete the “Endorsement” part of the nomination file. The Bureau requested authorities to provide all the necessary supporting signatures and to submit additional information about zonation by 30 September 2017.
The MAB Bureau acknowledges receipt of the letter of agreement signed jointly by the highest authorities of both countries for the establishment of the trans-boundary biosphere reserve. Therefore, the MAB Bureau recommends this site to be
approved
.
Altyn Emel - Kazakhstan
Delta de Mono - Benin & Togo
Backo Podunavlje - Serbia
Central Balkan - Bulgaria
Castro Verde - Portugal
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommended that the site be
approved
and encouraged the authorities to further develop an action plan and management committee.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC
noted that part of the core areas is not fully surrounded by a buffer zone, nevertheless, it noted that the conservation function of the core areas concerned is not threatened since the adjacent territories are included in the NATURA 2000 network.

The Bureau recommended that the extension and renaming be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged further negotiations with local communities that have not yet replied officially to become part of the biosphere reserve.
The MAB Bureau acknowledged receipt and examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely the explanation on the rationale of lack or not complete buffer zone around some core areas. The information provided were satisfactory therefore, the MAB Bureau recommend the site to be
approved
.
Le Bureau du MAB CIC a salué les efforts des pays pour protéger les pratiques bioculturelles et traditionnelles. Le Comité consultatif a recommandé que le site soit
approuvé
.
Il a encouragé les autorités à étudier la faisabilité de créer une aire protégée dans le système lagunaire à l'avenir en vue de sécuriser cette importante zone humide et, par conséquent, de créer une autre zone centrale dans cet écosystème côtier.
Il invite les autorités nationales à envoyer, avant le 15 mai 2017, au Secrétariat du Programme sur l’Homme et la biosphère un complément de renseignements détaillés sur :
la mise en oeuvre et la coordination de la gestion durable des zones humides, le contrôle des activités humaines et la restauration écologique des écosystèmes fluviaux à l'intérieur de la zone tampon ; et les processus de financement et décisionnel au sein du secrétariat de coordination de la réserve de biosphère transfrontalière proposée.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC
recommended that the site be
approved
.
The Bureau also encouraged the authorities to continue joint action towards a comprehensive transboundary conservation and management of the ecosystems of the Altai region and pursue a plan for establishment of potential quadrilateral transboundary biosphere reserve among the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China.
The MAB Bureau acknowledge receipt of the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely a detailed description of sustainable development programme(s) and revised maps containing all the information in English and with readable legend. The information and maps provided were satisfactory and therefore the MAB Bureau recommends the site to be
approved
.
The MAB Bureau acknowledged receipt and examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely detailed information on the legal protection status of the areas outside the proposed biosphere reserve in its eastern and south-western parts, and if they are not legally or functionally protected, a rationale of that typology of the zoning. The information were satisfactory therefore, the MAB Bureau recommend the site to be
approved
. National authorities are encouraged to develop a comprehensive management plan for the biosphere reserve after its designation.
Le bureau du MAB a examiné les informations complémentaires fournies par les autorités. Les études d’impacts environnementales ont été fournies et confirment que l’exploitation minière aura un impact sur la fonction de conservation du site proposé ; des mesures d’atténuation sont proposées. Cependant, en l’absence de la carte de zonage montrant la localisation exacte de l’exploitation minière dans la réserve de biosphère proposée, le Bureau du MAB recommande que le Conseil
diffère
cette proposition et demande au pays de resoumettre une proposition montrant clairement que la fonction de conservation n'est pas compromise par l'exploitations minières.
Great Altay - Kazakhstan / Russian Federation
Chervenata Stena - Bulgaria
Srebarna - Bulgaria
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommended that the extension be
approved
.

The Bureau further encouraged the authorities to further negotiate with the local community that has not yet agreed to be part of the proposal.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC took note that part of the core area is not fully surrounded by a buffer zone and thanked the authorities for the clarification. It therefore considered that the adjacent community of Srebarna plays an active role in ensuring the buffer zone function as the village is legally bound by the management plan of Srebarna Managed Reserve adopted with an order no. RD-565/13 October 2016 of the Minister of Environment and Water.

The Bureau recommended that the extension be
approved
.
Savegre - Costa Rica
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this nomination proposal and recommended this site to be
approved
.

The Bureau recommends implementing a management committee and plan, and to include the institutions and the different stakeholders to ensure the sustainable management of the marine ecosystems included in the biosphere reserve.
Masurian Lakes - Poland
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommended that the extension and renaming be
approved
.

The Bureau also encouraged the authorities to establish the stakeholders based biosphere reserve coordination board and finalize the biosphere reserve management plan by September 2018 and inform the Secretariat on the finalization.
Marismas del Odiel - Spain
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this extension proposal and recommended to be
approved
.
23 new Biosphere Reserves have been approved by the Council including 4 transboundary sites.
20 voluntary withdrawn Biosphere Reserves. 17 from the USA, 3 from Bulgaria
12 Biosphere Reserves extended and/or renamed


Fitzgerald - Australia
Lake Manyara - Tanzania
The Bureau of the MAB ICC recommended that the proposal of the extension with the re-name “Fitzgerald Biosphere” be
approved
.

The Bureau of the MAB ICC invited the Australian authorities to provide a sound rationale to the new zonation and change the relevant information in the revised document taking into account this new zonation. It encouraged to reconsider the areas covered with native vegetation to be maintained as buffer zones.
Manu - Peru
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this extension proposal and recommended it to be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged the inclusion of the local communities and other stakeholders in the management system and action plan.
Serengeti-Ngorongoro - Tanzania
The Bureau of the MAB ICC concluded that the site meets the criteria and recommended that the extension be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged the authorities to extend the buffer zone to protect the entire core without comprising the access rights of local communities, to send the general framework for the preparation of the management plan to the MAB Secretariat by 30 September 2018 and to develop an integrated management plan for the entire area as soon as it is finalized.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC concluded that the site meets the criteria and recommended its extension to be
approved
.

The Bureau encouraged the authorities to extend the buffer to protect the entire core without comprising the access rights of local communities and to develop an integrated management plan for the entire biosphere reserve.
Uzunbudzhak - Bulgaria
The Advisory Committee noted that some core areas are not fully surrounded by buffer zones. It welcomed the additional maps showing that the Natura 2000 network is providing the buffer function nearby the core areas but however requested the authorities to formally establish these buffer zones and that this is made visible in a revised zonation map.

The MAB Bureau acknowledged receipt and examined the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, namely the creation of formal buffer zones surrounding or adjacent to the core areas with support of the Council of partners as well as formal endorsements. The information were satisfactory therefore, the MAB Bureau recommends the site to be
approved
.

Meggido - Israël
The Advisory Committee took note of the rationale for changing the name of Ramot Menashe to Meggido, based on the fact that the name of the biosphere reserve differs from the name of the administrative region to which some communities belong. The Advisory Committee acknowledged that the objective of the name change would be to strengthen the identity of the communities living in the biosphere reserve and to increase their connection with its principles and their engagement to implement activities. It further acknowledged that “Megiddo” carries symbolic attributes and that this could strengthen the self-image of the biosphere reserve inhabitants.

The MAB Bureau acknowledged receipt of signed approval of all stakeholders involved in the biosphere reserve and therefore recommend the site to be
approved
.
East Usambara - Tanzania
The MAB Bureau acknowledge receipt of the additional information sent by the authorities as per Advisory committee request, the available management plans of the core areas; information on the management of the enclave; copy of the management plan framework of the entire biosphere reserve; and justification for the absence of buffer zones around some of the core areas. The information provided was satisfactory and therefore, the MAB Bureau recommends the site to be
approved
.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this nomination proposal and recommended that the site be
approved
. It is requested to further specify the management committee and management plan, as well as a topographic map with the limits of the core area bordering with Nicaragua.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this nomination and commended the authorities of Japan for the very well elaborated proposal and recommended that Minakami be
approved
as a biosphere reserve.
The Bureau of the MAB ICC welcomed this nomination and recommends that the site be
approved
. It encouraged the national authorities to develop an integrated management plan for the whole biosphere reserve area after its designation. The Bureau acknowledged that the national authorities have provided a map in English language and improved the quality of the maps as they were invited by the Advisory committee.

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