World Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere Reserves which are wholly or partially World Heritage Sites.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Aggtelek and Slovak Karst Separate Biospheres in Hungary (Aggtelek (1979)) and Slovakia (Slovenski Kras (1977))
Air and Téneré Air et Ténéré (1997)
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park Cuchillas del Toa (1987)
Atlantic Forest South-East Part of Mata Atlántica (including Sao Paulo City Green Belt) (1993; extension 2002)
Białowieża Forest Belovezhskaya Pushcha (1993) / Bialowieza (1976)
Biblical Tells Meggido Biosphere Reserve (Israel 2017)—Renaming of Ramot Menashe Biosphere Reserve.
Calakmul Region de Calakmul (1993)
Cape Floral Region Cape Winelands (2007)
Causses and Cévennes Cévennes National Park
Central Amazon Conservation Complex Central Amazon (2001)
Central Sikhote-Alin Sikhote Alin (1978)
Cerrado Protected Areas Cerrado (1993; extension 2000 and 2001)
Cilento and Vallo di Diano Cilento and Vallo di Diano (1997)
Comoé National Park Comoé (1983)
Danube Delta Danube Delta (1979 and extension 1992 of Romanian part; addition of Ukrainian part (Dunainsky) to make a transfrontier BR in 1998
Darien National Park Darién (1983)
Discovery Coast Part of Mata Atlántica (including Sao Paulo City Green Belt) (1993; extension 2002)
Dja Faunal Reserve Dja (1981)
Dolomites The Ledro Alps and Judicaria biosphere reserve (2015)
Donana National Park Part of Doñana (1980)
Durmitor National Park Part of Tara River Basin (1976)
El Pinacate "it was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve jointly with the adjacent Bay of Adair under the name of Alto Golfo de California in 1993, later expanded to include the national Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve" (AB ev)
Everglades Everglades & Dry Tortugas (1976)
Fanjingshan Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve
Ferrara The Po Delta biosphere reserve (2015)
Fertö/Neusiedlersee Separate Biosphere Reserves in Hungary (Lake Fertö (1979)) and Austria (Neusiedler See (1977))
Fontainebleau Fontainebleau et du Gâtinais (Pays de Fontainebleau) (1998)
Fossil Hominid Sites The Magaliesberg biosphere reserve (2015)
Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda Sierra Gorda BR (some of the missions)
Fraser Island Great Sandy (2009)
Galapagos Islands Archipielago de Colon (Galápagos) (1984)
Garajonay La Gomera Biosphere Reserve (2012)
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz Flusslandschaft Elbe (1979, extension 1997)
Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (Shinan Dadohae, Gochang and Suncheon) (AB ev)
Glacier parks Includes Glacier-Bay Admiralty Island (1986)
Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Gochang (2013)
Golden Mountains of Altai Katunsky (2000), Altaisky (2009)
Great Smoky Mountains Part of Southern Appalachian (1989)
Gulf of California Islas del Golfo de California, 1995; Islas Marietas, 2008
Gulf of Porto Falasorma-Dui Sevi (extended in 2020)
Hawaii Volcanoes Part of Hawaiian Islands (1980)
Hoi An Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An (2009)
Hortobágy Hortobágy (1979)
Huanglong Huanglong (2000)
Huangshan Mount Huangshan (2018)
Huascaran National Park Huascarán (1977)
Hubei Shennongjia Shennongjia National Nature Reserve
Hyrcanian Forests Golestan National Park
Ichkeul National Park Ichkeul (1977)
Jeju Includes Jeju Island (2002)
Jiuzhaigou Valley Jiuzhaigou Valley (1997)
Khangchendzonga National Park Khangchendzonga (2018)
Kinabalu Park Crocker Range, in the south of Kinabalu
Komodo National Park Komodo, 1977
Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou Oasis du sud marocain (2000)
Lake Baikal Baikalskyi (1986) and Barguzinskyi (1986)
Lake Turkana Mount Kulal recognised as a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme (700,000 ha. Includes South Island and the waters of Lake Turkana). (UNEP-WCMC)
Landscapes of Dauria Mongol Daguur in Mongolia and Torrey Lakes in the Russian Federation
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape Part of Lower Morava (2003)
Macquarie Island (1977)
Mammoth Cave Part of Mammoth Cave Area (1990 & 1996)
Mana Pools 2010 - "Middle Zambezi, Zimbabwe, stretching over some 40,000 square kilometers in the Zambezi valley, features unique riverine and terrestrial ecosystems, including a large human-made reservoir, Lake Kariba. The Mana Pools National Park, part of the core area, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site."
Manovo-Gounda St. Floris Part of Protected Area Complex of Northeast Central African Republic Biosphere Reserve (2023)
Manu National Park Manu (1977)
Mapungubwe Vhembe (2009)
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Mariposa Monarca (2006)
Mount Carmel Caves Lie within Mount Carmel Biosphere Reserve (1996)
Mount Kenya Mount Kenya (1978)
Mount Nimba Part of Mont Nimba (1980)
Mount Wuyi Wuyishan (1987)
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers Nanda Devi (2004)
Ngorongoro Part of Serengeti-Ngorongoro (1981)
Niokolo-Koba National Park Niokolo-Koba (1981)
Ohrid Region Réserve de biosphére transfrontière d'Ohrid-Prespa
Olympic National Park Olympic (1976)
Pantanal Part of larger Pantanal (2000)
Peninsula Valdes Valdés
Pirin National Park Includes Doupki-Djindjiritza (1977)
Pompei Part of Somma-Vesuvio and Miglio d?Oro (1997)
Pont du Gard Gorges du Gardon biosphere reserve (2015)
Primeval Beech Forests Part of East Carpathians (1998), which also includes Polish territory
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River Part of Palawan (1990)
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu Ordesa-Vinamala (1977) covers Spanish part
Redwood Part of California Coast Ranges (1983)
Rio Abiseo National Park Gran Pajatén (2016)
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve Rio Pl?tano (1980)
Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin Valle del Cabriel Biosphere Reserve (Spain 2019): "Rich cultural heritage remains the area include Villar del Humo, part of the Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula World Heritage site."
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco Located in El Vizcaino (1993)
Roman Walls of Lugo Terras do Miño (2002)
Route of Santiago de Compostela Ribeira Sacra E Serras Do Oribio E Courel Biosphere Reserve, Spain (2021)
Royal Joseon Tombs 2010 - "Gwangneung Forest, South Korea, is located in the central part of the Korean peninsula where the extreme continental climate of northeast Asia and the oceanic climate of the Pacific meet. Deciduous hardwood forests over 500 years old, the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Korea National Arboretum are within the biosphere reserve site."
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara Tanzania: Rufiji-Mafia-Kibiti-Kilwa Biosphere Reserve (RUMAKI) (2023)
Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries Seonamsa Temple, which is one of the components of the Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea WHS is located within the Suncheon Biosphere Reserve
Saryarka Korgalzhyn was made WBR in 2012
Serengeti Part of Serengeti-Ngorongoro (1981)
Serra da Capivara Caatinga (2001)
Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Mount Hakusan (extension 2016)
Sian Ka'an Sian Ka'an (1986)
Sinharaja Forest Sinharaja (1978)
Skocjan Caves The Karst Biosphere Reserve
Socotra Archipelago Socotra Archipelago (2003)
South China Karst Includes Maolan (1996)
Srebarna Nature Reserve Srébarna (1977)
Studenica Monastery Golija-Studenica (2001)
Sundarbans National Park Sunderban (2001)
Sviyazhsk Lies in Great Volzhsko-Kamsky biosphere reserve
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves Separate Biosphere Reserves in Panama (La Amistad (2000))and Costa Rica (La Amistad (1982))
Tassili n'Ajjer (1986)
Taï National Park Taï (1977)
Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve (TCBR)
Tikal National Park Part of Maya (1990)
Trang An Red River Delta (2004)
Tropical Rainforest Sumatra Gunung Leuser
Tubbataha Reefs Part of Palawan (1990)
Uvs Nuur Basin Uvs Nuur Basin (Mongolia, 1997), Ubsunorskaya Kotlovina (Russia, 1997)
Uvs Nuur Basin Uvs Lake Depression Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, Mongolia – Russian Federation (2021)
Virgin Komi Forests Pechoro-Ilychskiy (1984)
Volcanoes of Kamchatka Includes Kronotskiy (1984)
W-Arly-Pendjari Complex Complex W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Biosphere Reserve (2020) (formerly 'W' Region (established 1996 in Niger; extension to Benin and Burkina Faso in 2002); Arly (2018))
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Separate Biosphere Reserves Waterton (1979) and Glacier (1976)
Western Caucasus Kavkazskiy (1978)
Western Ghats Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve (2000), Agasthyamala (2016)
Western Tien-Shan Karatau Biosphere Reserve (Kazakhstan) 2017, Aksu Zhabagly was made a WBR in 2015
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino Located in El Vizcaino (1993)
Yakushima Yakushima Island (1980)
Yellowstone Yellowstone (1976)


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