UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Sites: Why we need them

Post written by: Jenni Tucker

Hello everyone. This is a potentially sensitive post. We are not a political organization whatsoever, and we do not seek to to offer commentary on the current administration. However, the reason we exist is because we care about bats and other wildlife, and how each species fits into the bigger puzzle of humanity's shared (and continued) existence on this planet.

Pre-existing policies from various former administrations (of both Parties, and in pursuit of various Grand Strategies) have been systematically being reversed by the current administration, some of which have received insufficient media attention to allow any of us to even develop an opinion about it.

Last June, the United States withdrew 17 of our US sites from the UNESCO biosphere reserve program. Biosphere reserves are nominated by national governments and remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located, but their status is internationally recognized. There are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries, including 20 transboundary sites.

Biosphere reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems, and each one actively tests approaches to management of resources and biodiversity, and seeks conflict-prevention solutions for reconciling the conservation of said biodiversity with its sustainable use.

In other words, we've eliminated several official locations that seek to resolve the dilemma of how various U.S. industries can continue to be successful while utilizing (or laterally impacting) natural resources.

Let's discontinue the bipartisan conflict we've constructed over profit vs. nature. An ecologically-friendly business is one that can be not just profitable, but enduring. There's nothing wrong with humanity progressing and profiting, and the reality is that every species does so at the cost of another.

However, there truly are ways to balance both, but only if we are actively pursuing and enforcing this framework within which industries should be reasonably expected to operate.

Read more about Biosphere Reserves here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/ecological-sciences/biosphere-reserves/

Article from the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve touching on bats and WNS:

https://www.gbbr.ca/news/spooky-situation-for-bats-in-the-biosphere/

Directory of Biosphere Reserve Sites in the United States:

http://www.unesco.org/mabdb/br/brdir/directory/contact.asp?code=USA