Porto Santo elected as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Porto Santo Island is part of UNESCO's World Biosphere Reserve Network, totalling 27 310 hectares of protected areas as well as Natura 2000 Network areas, in Porto Santo.
With more than 2110 species, some exclusive to the island, ecosystems, natural and built landscapes, considered to be unique, the application by the golden island fits within the guidelines of the “Man and the Biosphere (MaB) Programme”, in an initiative carried out by the City Council of Porto Santo, Regional Directorate for the Public Administration of Porto Santo, Forestry and Nature Conservation Institute, Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources, Regional Agency for Energy and Environment of the Autonomous Region and the Porto Santo Folklore Group Association, along with the participation of the community throughout the different stages of development of the process.
With this registration, the number of Portuguese Biosphere Reserves in the UNESCO World Network rises to 12, consisting of more than 700 reserves.
Biosphere Reserves are defined by UNESCO as “living laboratories, where the main functions are the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems and species, as well as the sustainable development at social, economic, cultural and ecological levels, acting as platforms for research, monitoring , education and awareness ”.
For more information: https://portosantobiosfera.madeira.gov.pt/pt/