About SEBR Network

Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Network

The Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve (SEBR) Network was initially launched 2013 and since 2016 is open to any Biosphere Reserve within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) interested in engaging with socially responsible businesses in their region, with a particular focus on social  enterprise, not-for-private-profit businesses that reinvest their profits for social and environmental benefits.

The SEBR network supported by the SEBR Working Group (SEBR WG) aims to meet three times a year and includes representatives from Scotland (Chair), Sweden (Co-Chair), England, Finland, Italy, Peru and Vietnam. 

Objective of the Network

The network supports cooperation across Biosphere Reserves to

  • Share experiences, opportunities and resources, and
  • Demonstrate the socio-economic benefit of UNESCO designation in ways that will further the aims of the Lima Action Plan and the UN SDGs

To achieve this the SEBR network works to

  1. Engender flexible, financially viable governance models enabling BRs to function effectively as models for sustainable development, moving away from grand-dependency and/or act as living laboratories for social enterprise
  2. Identify resources to support the SEBR network to deliver result-oriented opportunities for collaboration and networking through joint projects, funding opportunities, sponsorship and investment
  3. Maximise understanding of the benefits of the UNESCO MAB programme through the OASIIS Platform as a method of modern, open and transparent communication, information and data sharing

UNESCO MAB Programme

The SEBR Network contributes to the MAB Programme Strategic Objective 2. 'Contribute to building sustainable, healthy and equitable societies, economies and thriving human settlements in harmony with the biosphere.

Expected results:

2.2 Biosphere Reserves act as models for exploring, establishing and demonstrating sustainable, economic systems that positively affect the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use.

2.3  Biosphere Reserves act as models to explore, establish and demonstrate innovative approaches that foster the resilience of communities and opportunities for youth, through livelihood diversification, green businesses and social enterprise including responsible tourism and quality economies 


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