Amazon Biosphere Reserves Project: improving resilience and halting biodiversity loss in the Greater Amazon Basin

This project is a partnership between UNESCO and Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). It aims to create an integrated landscape management model that considers the pressures and needs for the long-term sustainability of the Biosphere Reserves (RB) of the Amazon and surrounding regions. The project is being implemented in eight Biosphere Reserves in the Amazon region, namely:

  1. Pilón-Lajas Biosphere Reserve, Bolivia (created in 1977)
  2. Beni Biosphere Reserve, Bolivia (created in 1986)
  3. Central Amazon Biosphere Reserve, Brazil (created in 2001)
  4. Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador (created in 1989)
  5. Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador (created in 2000)
  6. Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador (created in 2007)
  7. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru (created in 1977)
  8. Oaxapampa-Ashaninka-Yanesha Biosphere Reserve, Peru (created in 2010)

The UNESCO Brasilia Office coordinates the actions in the Central Amazon Biosphere Reserve (Reserva da Biosfera da Amazônia Central – RBAC), located in the Brazilian territory in the Amazonas state. Since the beginning of the project, the following activities have been carried out:

  • Development of the RBAC Action Plan, which became a state public policy through SEMA Ordinance 045 on 29 April 2021. The Plan presents a total of 118 actions planned to be implemented in 2021-2024.
  • Support for sustainable initiatives and fire-fighting actions in the Amazon.
  • Structuring and strengthening the Youth network from the Central Amazon Biosphere Reserve.
  • Development of a survey to determine the potential contribution of RBAC to the state plan for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in the Amazonas state, as well as programmes and initiatives related to RBAC’s contributions to the provision of environmental and biodiversity conservation services.
  • Mapping the environmental risks to RBAC, assessing fire and deforestation hotspots.

The project will support community-based projects and initiatives demonstrating the socio-economic and environmental feasibility of the Amazonian socio-biodiversity production chains.

Amazon Biosphere Reserves Project

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