The variety of life on Earth is disappearing at an increasing rate. UNESCO's MAB Program is an intergovernmental initiative originally created to set up the scientific basis for improving people's relationships with nature, linking the natural and social sciences. In particular, MAB aims at increasing our understanding on the structure, functioning and dynamics of ecosystems and people's roles therein. Assessing global change impacts on ecosystems and promoting appropriate management of freshwater resources in these systems have become key issues in recent years for the MAB program.
Click here for an overview of strategies and projects undertaken by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program in a few significant ecosystems.