UNESCO Protected Biosphere Reserves List
UNESCO, the cultural body of the United Nations added 20 more sites to its protected biosphere nature reserves network during a 2-day meeting at Lima. The total number of such biosphere reserves is now 669 spread over 120 countries. Two new sites were added each in Portugal and Canada.
The areas included in the list belonging to Canada are the Tsa Tue area located in the Northwest Territories, and the Beaver Hills region in Alberta. The Tsa Tue area has the world’s last unspoiled arctic lake and the region in Alberta boasts of a terrain formed by a retreating glacier. An entire Portuguese island known as Sao Jorge, which is the fourth biggest in the Azorean archipelago, and the Tajo River region located between Spain and Portugal were also selected to the list. Other areas designated include Britain’s Isle of Man, which is situated in a biologically varied marine environment in the Irish Sea; and the Isla Cozumel in Mexico.