Biosphere sites – model areas for sustainable development
Biosphere sites are model areas for sustainable development that combine the protection of the biodiversity of habitats, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental research. Biosphere sites are part of the Man And Biosphere (MAB) programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO.
In Finland there are two biosphere sites, one in North Karelia established in 1992 and the Archipelago Sea biosphere site established in 1994.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Finland
The aim of the Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage is to identify, protect and presents cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value. UNESCO maintains the World Heritage List of the designated sites and supplements it on an annual basis.
In Finland there are six cultural heritage sites and one natural heritage site that have been accepted on the World Heritage List.