In March 2016 a further 20 biosphere reserves were added to the programme and brings to total to number of biosphere reserves to 669 across 120 countries.
The list of new UNESCO Biosphere Reserves includes sites in Algeria, Canada, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, and Tanzania.
Of the hundreds of locations on the list, 16 are sites that stretch across more than one country. Spain is the country with the largest number of registered reserves.
During the meeting, nine extensions to existing Biosphere Reserves were also approved.
The network of Biosphere Reserves is not only of international importance. It also offers inspiration, learning opportunities, and tried and tested practices for local Biosphere Reserves.