The Biosphere Reserve Program in the United States

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Science  21 Jan 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4275, pp. 262-267
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4275.262


The objective of the biosphere reserve program is to identify and protect representative and unique segments of the world's biotic provinces as major centers for biotic and genetic preservation, ecological and environmental research, education, and demonstration. It is intended to be more than simply another program of preservation layered onto existing parks and reserves. The success of the program will depend in large measure on the overall significance of the selected reserves and the degree to which they are active sites for scientific research and monitoring.