The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has contributed to the establishment of the

and is one of its co-implementers on behalf of Eberswalde University for Sustainable development.

Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere reserves are learning sites for sustainable development. Most biosphere reserves (currently 669 in 120 countries) are internationally recognised under the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). Under the UNESCO Statutory Framework biosphere reserves fulfil three interconnected functions (UNESCO 1996):

  • Conservation - contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation;
  • Development - foster economic and human development which is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable;
  • Logistic support - support for demonstration projects, environmental education and training, research and monitoring related to local, regional, national and global issues of conservation and sustainable development.

We consider biosphere reserves a very integrative and holistic conservation approach that conforms well with the idea of ecosystem-based management and change adaptation. In our work with biosphere reserves we pursue a multi-stakeholder approach with particular emphasis on the involvement of local communities in planning and management. Further, biosphere reserves can play an important role for the realisation of transboundary biodiversity conservation as our projects in the Altai Mountains and the Korean Peninsula show.


Projects related to biosphere reserves:


Currently running:

Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves



DAAD East-West-Dialogue 2021

- Transnational Biosphere Forests -

DAAD East-West-Dialogue 2021

with Universities of the Western Balkans


DAAD East-West-Dialogue 2019

- Transboundary Cooperation -


DAAD East-West-Dialogue 2020

- East-Europe in the VUCA World -

DAAD East-West-Dialogue 2020 with Universities of the Western Balkans

Altai Transboundary Biosphere Reserve



Korean Baekdu-daegan conservation



DAAD East-West-Dialogue 2019

with Universities of the Western Balkans

Adaptive and ecosystem-based nature conservation in the Mountain Ecosystems of the Korean peninsula and its adjacent areas



Transboundary cooperation for ecosystem-based sustainable development as contribution to conflict prevention in Eastern Europe



Management concept for the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine