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Origin of the Program

After the declaration of the territory as a Biosphere Reserve, in 2013, there was a concern within the Reserve about how to approach environmental education in this territory in a comprehensive way, about how to make visible @dito declaration by UNESCO and its opportunities among the population, as well as transferring the values of the Biosphere Reserves to the population and making it known, with the aim of ensuring the construction of a participatory Biosphere Reserve in which society, and especially young people, are the basic pillar on which to settle.



This program of activities to be developed with the school community, is presented as a non-formal learning initiative in different fields, closely connected with the objectives of the Biosphere Reserve, in order to stimulate creativity and youth potential in the processes of analysis and practical application of the knowledge acquired, to get involved in a sustainable space in terms of innovation and social welfare.



In summary, they try to achieve the following specific objectives:

1. Educate to acquire applicable competencies in a sustainable model of social development, for the promotion of environmental protection inspired by the UNESCO MaB Program.

2. Encourage in youth habits of respect, awareness and environmental commitment in the territory.

3. Encourage the involvement of the entire educational community in the improvement and conservation of the environment through citizen participation and the promotion of volunteering.

4. Establish a channel that allows and facilitates the population’s access to information on environmental matters, by creating the figure of “Youth Biosphere Informants” in educational centers.

5. Become aware of the need for saving and sustainable use of resources.

6. Know the influence and impacts of anthropic activities and the consequences of inappropriate habits, in between.

7. Know the effects of climate change, and give the necessary guidelines to help combat global warming.

8. Identify invasive species in our territory, and their impact on the environmental and social spheres.

9. Promote respectful treatment of domestic animals, their needs and characteristics that differentiate them from fauna and the wild world.

10. Raise awareness and value the natural, cultural and ethnographic values ​​of the territory.



Evolution of the Program

In 2015 they began to develop, from “Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo”, various activities with schoolchildren to promote the figure of the Biosphere Reserve, and it would be in 2016 when from the City Council of Sada, it was committed to developing a stable program, dynamic and practical, that attaches to the figure of the Biosphere Reserves to the educational community.

Over the past 6 years, the “Educando na Biosfera” Program was expanded to other municipalities such as Abegondo, Bergondo, Betanzos, Carral, Culleredo, Curtis and strengthened in Sada, due in large part to its flexibility and a high degree of adaptation to cover the specific needs of each educational center.

Not in 2020, or the Program must be adapted to the Covid crisis – 19 structuring the themes and contents electronically, so that schoolchildren can continue in contact from their homes through the Virtual classroom of the “Educating in the Biosphere” Program.

In this school year 2020 – 2021, or in-person development program, a total of 9 educational centers participated in it.



The Biosphere Reserve and the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) as the guiding thread of the Program

The Biosphere Reserve, its philosophy and vision are the pillars of a Program that has been consolidated and strengthened more and more over the years. There are several strengths of the “Educating in the Biosphere” Program:

The Biosphere Reserve and the philosophy of the Biosphere Reserves, for which knowledge is a basic pillar, are the common thread of this Program, which is recognized by UNESCO as a differentiating element with respect to other environmental education programs.

In this way, the Program is strengthened and it is key for it to connect with the teaching staff, gain confidence with the educational community, and above all, other projects in which the seed is said Training Program end up being known and working.



   It is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and allows interconnecting education with another series of values that are reflected in these SDGs.

  It is a dynamic and transversal Program, incorporating and offering thematic news every year related not only to the environment and nature, but also to the social sciences, equality, the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, graphic arts, culture, history and traditions, enhancement of the territory, etc.

It is a practical and clearly participatory Program that tries to be a complement to the training that students receive in educational centers, bringing them closer to professionals and experts who work daily in the fields of the topics that are offered.

It serves as a link and strengthens other projects developed by the Biosphere Reserve and the Mariñas Rural Development Association – Betanzos (managing entity) as a Local Action Group, such as the declaration and works / proposals to improve spaces that ended with declare itself as a Natural Area of Local Interest; help in the implementation of the Eco-Canteens Program; strengthens our local producers and the Quality Mark of the Biosphere Reserve; sensitizes and works with the newest ones in an Ecotourism model for the territory (it is essential that it comes from the bottom-up); It is about encouraging entrepreneurship among youth, creativity, our historical, cultural, natural and ethnographic heritage, as well as strengthening the vision and uniqueness of our rural environment.

Visibility of the actions and activities carried out within the “Educating in the Biosphere” Program.

All activities are duly informed through the website of the Rural Development Association “Mariñas-Betanzos” (www.marinasbetanzos.gal) and the social networks of the Biosphere Reserve (Facebook; Twitter; Instagram).

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Throughout these 6 years the “Educating in the Biosphere” Program was consolidated among the educational community of the territory of the Mariñas Coruñesas and Terras del Mandeo Biosphere Reserve, largely due to its flexibility and the high degree of adaptation to meet the specific needs of each school or institute.

School year 2016 – 2017:

Number of adhered municipalities: 1
Number of participating centers: 2
No. of students: 420

School year 2017 – 2018:

Number of attached municipalities: 2
Number of participating centers: 9
No. of students: 2000

School year 2018 – 2019:

Number of attached municipalities: 4
Number of participating centers: 10
No. of students: 2.350

School year 2019 – 2020:

Number of attached municipalities: 5
Number of participating centers: 11
No. of students: 2.038 *
* This number was altered due to the Pandemic caused by Covid – 19. Include participating students in successful activities carried out in person and students who access the online content

School year 2020 – 2021:

Number of attached municipalities: 5
Number of participating centers: 9
No. of students: 2.242


  1. Healthy eating and local products.

  2. Art and cultural heritage.

  3. Promotion of biodiversity.

  4. Equality and social sciences.

  5. Nature and territory.

  6. Climate change and sustainable use of resources.






In this 2020-2021 school year, 5 municipalities of the Biosphere Reserve (Abegondo, Bergondo, Betanzos, Carral and Sada) and a total of 9 educational centers participated in the Program:

  • CEIP San Marcos

  • CEIP Cruz do Sar

  • CEIP Francisco Vales Villamarín

  • CEIP Vicente Otero Valcárcel

  • CEIP Sada and its Contours

  • CEIP Pedro Barrié de la Maza

  • CEIP O Mosteirón

  • IES O Mosteirón

  • IES Isaac Díaz Pardo

Each of the topics indicated above was proposed to each educational center likely to participate, and each educational center selected those activities that best suited the center’s curriculum and that they found to be of most interest.





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