A biosphere reserve is established

Located in highlands of north-western Ethiopia, Lake Tana and its surrounding area are of immeasurable ecological importance and provide the means of existence for millions of people. This fertile region, whose cultural history dates back thousands of years, blends natural and cultural heritage in a unique way. Majestic monasteries and churches are found around the lake, and many rare animal and plant species have their habitat here. The establishment of a UNESCO biosphere reserve will safe-guard the long-term conservation of these valuable ecosystems and supply new sources of income for the local communities.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves will give you an overview of the criteria and aims, while Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve offers you background information about the establishment of this specific biosphere reserve.