New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Northern Sweden
Vindelälven-Juhtatdahka Biosphere Candidate got its application granted and the area is now a new Biosphere Reserve within UNESCO´s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB).
The Vindelälven river valley is a fantastic area stretching from the mountains on the Norwegian border to the coast of the Bothnian Bay with lots of possibilities. In the reserve's area there are high natural and cultural values, committed communities and entrepreneurs.
Historically, the river has fulfilled an important function as a migration route for people and animals and as a transportation route for timber. The river is still today an important migration route for reindeers, but also a source for food and recreation. Juhtatdahka means migration route in the Ume Sami language.
The application to become a Biosphere Reserve within UNESCO:s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) was granted on 19 June in Paris and the grand opening will be held on 17 August in Northern Sweden. Biosphere Reserves are model areas for sustainable development. This means that the development satisfies today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
In the Barents region earlier North Karelian Biosphere Reserve in Finland as well as Laplandskiy, Kenozerskiy and Vodlozerskiy Biosphere Reserves became members of this UNESCO Programme.
More information about the newly appointed Biosphere Reserve: https://vindelalvenjuhtatdahka.se/en/