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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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Young Nature Blogger - Deadline Extended

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Webinar- Plants of the Kerry Biosphere

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Mapping Rhododendron with citizen science

Calling all citizen scientists in Kerry, Rhododendron must be mapped…
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Primary School Nature Series 2

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Open Competition! – Young Nature Blogger 2021 – Closing date August 12th

Young people aged under 21 are invited to write up to 500 words, illustrating them with drawings...
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Open Competition! Primary Schools Calendar art Competition – closing date May 26th

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April’s Tri-Biosphere webinar delivered by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

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Nature series, Webinars for Primary schools

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Old Ways In New Days

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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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