The MAB programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. It combines the natural and social sciences with a view to improving human livelihoods and safeguarding natural and managed ecosystems, thus promoting innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable.
- Achieving the three interconnected function: conservation, development and logistic support.
- Outpacing traditional confines conservation zones, thought appropriate zoning schemes combining core protected areas with zones where sustainable development is fostered by local dwellers and enterprises with often highly innovative and participative governance system.
- Focusing on a multi-stakeholder approach with particular emphasis on the involvement of local communities in management.
- Fostering dialogue for conflict resolution of natural resource user.
- Integrating cultural and biological diversity, especially the role of traditional knowledge in ecosystem management.
- Demonstrating sound sustainable development practices and policies based on research and monitoring.
- Acting as sites of excellence for education and training.
- Participating in the Word Network of Biosphere Reserve under the MAB Programme.