TY - CHAP A1 - Richard C. Mitchell A2 - Bradley May A3 - Samantha Purdy A4 - Crystal Vella ED1 - Natarajan Ishwaran Y1 - 2012-03-14 PY - 2012 T1 - UNESCO Biosphere Reserves Towards Common Intellectual Ground N2 - In this book entitled "The Biosphere", researchers from all regions of the world report on their findings to explore the origins, evolution, ecosystems and resource utilization patterns of the biosphere. Some describe the complexities and challenges that humanity faces in its efforts to experiment and establish a new partnership with nature in places designated as biosphere reserves by UNESCO under its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. At the dawn of the 21st century humanity is ever more aware and conscious of the adverse consequences that it has brought upon global climate change and biodiversity loss. We are at a critical moment of reflection and action to work out a new compact with the biosphere that sustains our own wellbeing and that of our planetary companions. This book is a modest attempt to enrich and enable that special moment and its march ahead in human history. BT - The Biosphere SP - Ch. 14 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/32857 DO - 10.5772/32857 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2022-05-28 ER -