The Entlebuch-Region, a major valley 40km south-west of Lucerne, covers
an area of 395km2 and ranges from 590m to a maximum altitude of 2350m
at Brienzer Rothorn.
of the Biosphere Reserve Entlebuch (Switzerland)
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The Entlebuch`s cultural landscape is of (inter-)national significance
because of the natural scenery and the habitat functions for plants and
animals. It is a very diverse landscape with extensive areas of agriculture
and valuable and diverse habitats, such as large forests, karst areas
and moorlands which are unique in Switzerland.
Since September 2001, the Entlebuch-Region is accredited as UNESCO Biosphere
Reserve according to the new UNESCO strategy (Sevilla 1995).
Biosphere Reserve Entlebuch
Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems
or a combination thereof, which are internationally recognized within
the framework of UNESCO's programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), in
accordance with the present Statutory Framework.
UNESCO Programme on Man and the Biosphere
In combining the three functions below, biosphere reserves should strive
to be sites of excellence to explore and demonstrate approaches to conservation
and sustainable development on a regional scale:
contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and
foster economic and human development which is socio-culturally and ecologically
3. Logistic support
demonstration projects, environmental education and training, research
and monitoring related to local, regional, national and global issues
of conservation and sustainable development.