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  • Welcome to the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: home to Irelands highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks, and the beautiful Lakes of Killarney

A Biosphere Reserve is a special designation awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) through their Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

The Biosphere designation brings no new rules or regulations but rather encourages us to work together to create a better future for people and nature.

The Kerry Biosphere Reserve is one of only two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Ireland. Covering approximately 65,000hectares and has a population of approx. 25,500 people.

Kerry Biosphere Reserve

About the Kerry Biosphere

First designated in 1982 as Killarney National Park Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere reserves are ‘learning places for sustainable development

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Latest News & Events

Upcoming Webinar with the Isle of man Biosphere

As part of the ongoing Tri-Biosphere webinar series celebrating the 50th year of the UNESCO Man...
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New Logo for the Kerry Biosphere

Congratulations are due to designer Akos Csontos whose logo design submitted to our open...
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Nature Blogger prize comes to Kerry

Young people who love nature and the outdoors were invited to take part in a summer writing...
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Young Nature Blogger 2021 Winners announced!

Young Nature Blogger began in 2020 as an initiative by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man. This year,...
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November webinar - Birds of the Kerry Biosphere

Announcing our next Tri-Biosphere Webinar in partnership with Dublin Bay Biosphere and Unesco...
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Rhododendron Ponticum - an invisible pollution

Scale, cost and complexity of issue not realized at a National Scale, says Rhododendron...
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Upcoming Conference in the Kerry Biosphere Reserve

The Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is looking forward to welcoming you to our first conference...
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Free Webinar -Conservation in Dublin Bay

The Dublin Bay Biosphere invites you to a very special webinar ‘Conservation in Dublin Bay’....
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Waters of the Biosphere -upcoming event

Join us for the first in our community talk series ‘The Waters of the Biosphere' taking place on...
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Art in Defence of Nature -upcoming webinar

Join us for the first in our community talk series ‘Art in Defence of Nature’ taking place on...
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Young Nature Blogger - Deadline Extended

Are you a nature enthusiast, an aspiring writer or do you simply want to share a story about a...
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Webinar- Plants of the Kerry Biosphere

Register now for our upcoming webinar -Plants of the Kerry Biosphere Reserve! Join us and our...
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Mapping Rhododendron with citizen science

Calling all citizen scientists in Kerry, Rhododendron must be mapped…
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Young Nature Blogger Competition Update

Award-winning nature writer to judge Young Nature Blogger 2021 Kerry Biosphere Reserve is hosting...
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Life in the Uplands, the next session of the Tri-Biosphere Webinar programme

For the May session of our Tri- Biosphere Webinars we are back in Kerry and celebrating 'Life in...
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Primary School Nature Series 2

Following on from the success of previous webinars we are delighted to offer this Nature series...
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The Alt Tag

UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB)

{Play}UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) is an intergovernmental programme aiming to set a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their local environments.

Biosphere Reserves are established by individual countries and recognised by MAB to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science.

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