he candidacy Biosphere Reserve “Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo” was promoted by Rural Development Association “Mariñas-Betanzos”,with the support of the Delegation of Coruña and the Xunta de Galicia,seventeen municipalities that make up this territory.
The final approval of this Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, took place at the 25th Meeting of the International Coordinating Council of the MAB Programme, held in Paris on 28 May 2013.
The Biosphere Reserve “Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo” covers a total of 116.724 ha (113.969,7 ha land e 2.754,6 ha sea), which represents 14,33% of the surface to the province of Coruña, spread in 17 municipalities. With this surface and the second Biosphere Reserve Galician order surface,the first in the province of Coruña.
Municipalities of the Biosphere Reserve “Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo”: Abegondo, Aranga, Arteixo, Bergondo, Betanzos, Cambre, Carral, Coirós, Culleredo, Curtis, Irixoa, Miño, Oleiros, Oza -Cesuras, Paderne, Sada e Sobrado.Population (year 2015): 190.708 people.
OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY THE BIOSPHERE RESERVE:
Put the territory “Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo” on the world map.
Give prestige to the territory, their companies and their products.
Expanding the markets for products through quality brands.
Recovery of traditional economic activities.
Encourage and strengthen initiatives related to sustainable tourism.
Create opportunities for training and education.
Get international, state and regional support for initiatives and projects related to sustainable development and environmental conservation.
Improve environmental conservation and natural resource information.
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