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CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) Biosphere Reserves Network

Biodiversity conservation and economic and social development in Portuguese-speaking territories

The CPLP Biosphere Reserves Network is a privileged and permanent space for dialogue, cooperation and affirmation of Portuguese-speaking countries in a key sector such as development based on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

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Biosphere Reserves of Brazil

The six Brazilian Biosphere Reserves were recognized in various phases between 1991 and 2005 and, together, comprise 2,064. 161 km2, around 24% of the Brazilian territory, being more than half of the sum of the areas of the other RBs in the World Network.

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Biosphere Reserves of Cape Verde

The Fogo Biosphere Reserve and the Maio Biosphere Reserve, in Cape Verde, were included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2020. This was considered a historic event for the archipelago.

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Biosphere Reserves of Guinea-Bissau

The Bolama Bijagós Archipelago Biosphere Reserve (RBABB) is located on the West African coast. The archipelago is made up of 88 islands and islets that cover a total surface of 1,046,950 ha (10,000 km²) and is located at the confluence of coastal corridors coming from the North and South.

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Biosphere Reserves of Mozambique

The Quirimbas Biosphere Reserve covers 7 districts (Ancuabe, Quissanga, Ibo, Macomia, Metuge, Montepuez and Meluco) located within the Quirimbas National Park, central part of the Province of Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, includes oceanic and coastal areas and has 200 thousand inhabitants in the interior.

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Biosphere Reserves of Portugal

Portugal has 12 Biosphere Reserves, covering three biogeographical regions (Mediterranean, Atlantic and Macaronesia), representing different types of ecosystems, from islands in the Macaronesian Regions and the Atlantic Sea, to the wetlands of the Tagus, riverside environments, mountainous areas and valleys of the North and to this cereal-growing region of Alentejo, on the Continent.

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Biosphere Reserve of São Tomé and Príncipe

Príncipe Island is the second largest island in the São Tomé and Príncipe archipelago, which is made up of two main islands, both belonging to the Cameroon volcanic line. Administratively, this island has been, since April 29, 1995, an autonomous region, and since July 11, 2012, considered a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

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Find out the Biosphere Reserves of the CPLP

Explore the location, areas, and population of the Biosphere Reserves of the CPLP

Discover the configuration of their territories, the people who live there and make up their communities, the relevance of their natural and cultural heritage, their economic activity. See how CPLP Biosphere Reserves contribute to the well-being of People and the Planet.


An important contribution to the sustainability of the planet

The Network ensures a continuous process of exchanging experiences and developing joint cooperative initiatives, all resonating around the conservation of nature, biodiversity, research, logistical support, and socio-economic advancement. This organization unfolds within the embrace of UNESCO’s MaB Programme, intricately linked to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), setting its commitment to a harmonious world

This collaboration isn’t limited to a single thread; rather, it weaves a multifaceted web of connectivity across various thematic and operational domains. From Biological Diversity Conventions to the RAMSAR Convention, from the realms of Climate Change to the vast oceans, this network extends its hand in unity, bridging diverse arenas and fostering a holistic approach to global sustainability.

The Lima Strategy and the Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s MAB Programme state that Biosphere Reserves (BRs) are privileged spaces for experiences that cooperate in the pursuit of different objectives.

Contributing to a more sustainable world

Being a Biokeeper means visiting, valuing local heritage and products, supporting educational services, taking part in nature preservation and conservation projects or just getting to know Portugal’s Biosphere Reserves. Join this community and become an Ambassador.

Contributing to a more sustainable world
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