Spain, back on UNESCO World Heritage Committee

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Spain, back on UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Spain, back on UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Spain, back on UNESCO World Heritage Committee

The 39th General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, held by UNESCO in Paris in November, has taken Spain in as a new four-year member of the World Heritage Committee.

In the past, between 1991 and 1997, and from 2005 to 2009, our country had been a member of the Committee, which recommends new sites to include on the World Heritage List and reviews those already inscribed.

The vote at the 39th General Assembly was overwhelmingly positive: 157 of 170 countries voted yes to Spain’s admission, confirming our country’s leadership in World Heritage management.

Spain at the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme

In addition, Spain has been re-elected as a member of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. It happened at the 39th Generaly Assembly in Paris as well.

We were one of the countries with the largest number of votes, which again confirms our leadership in environmental protection. As a matter of fact, Spain has the largest number of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the world.

Spain is represented at ICC by the National Parks Autonomous Agency, in charge of the coordination and development of the National Parks Network and the Spanish Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Launched in 1971, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments.

By focusing on sites internationally recognized within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems), the MAB Programme strives to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with the sustainable use of natural resources for economic development, while doing research and carrying out educational actions.