UN Sustainable Development Goals : 5 years partnership with LVMH and UNESCO
Man and Biosphere program with UNESCO and LVMH
(Source LVMH) / Photo credit : © Gabriel De La Chapelle
May 13th, 2019, LVMH announced the signature of a five-year partnership with @unesco to support Man and Biosphere (MAB) biodiversity program. Consistent with its longstanding commitment to biodiversity and following the conclusions of the 7th plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the LVMH Group is teaming with UNESCO as a partner to the agency’s « Man and Biosphere » (MAB) intergovernmental scientific program, which aims to safeguard biodiversity across the planet. The MAB program provides an important framework for international cooperation to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is one of UNESCO’s major programs.
Consistent with its longstanding commitment to biodiversity and following the conclusions of the 7th plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), LVMH is teaming with UNESCO as a partner to the agency’s « Man and Biosphere » (MAB) intergovernmental scientific program, which aims to safeguard biodiversity across the planet. The MAB program provides an important framework for international cooperation to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is one of UNESCO’s major programs.
Within the scope of this partnership, the LVMH group will be present alongside UNESCO at major international events in the next two years. This agenda includes the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in November 2020 in Kunming, China.
LVMH and the Group’s Maisons will also rely on UNESCO’s scientific expertise to advance their sustainable sourcing programs via its network of 686 biosphere reserves. This brings LVMH Maisons the benefits of a network of experts at the regional level and in different disciplines to drive the development and success of their initiatives to protect biodiversity. At the same time, this partnership will facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions for natural and sustainable resource management and the identification of products and new markets centered on the quality and traceability of the materials used.
In addition, LVMH will contribute to scientific research projects led by the MAB and will make selected infrastructure resources available to help establish pilot sites for conservation and responsible long-term protection of biodiversity.
Audrey Azoulay, General Director of UNESCO, stated: “We look forward to this partnership with LVMH to preserve biodiversity and our environmental heritage, and we are extremely pleased to receive support on this essential issue from a group with a powerful international footprint. We have the expertise, knowledge and commitment to slow the erosion of biodiversity, and together we must take action for our planet and for future generations.”
“This partnership marks a significant step forward along the path on which the LVMH group has already embarked to safeguard biodiversity. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work closely with UNESCO on these essential issues,” said Antoine Arnault, Member of the LVMH Board.
By supporting the MAB program, LVMH continues its active commitment to biodiversity, which in 2012 led the Group to endorse the French National Strategy for Biodiversity. LVMH is also a founding member of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB) and contributes to the biodiversity working groups of Orée (French cross-industry association) and the French “Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté”.
As one of UNESCO’s major programmes, LVMH says the MAB provides an important framework for international cooperation to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In this respect, LVMH will be present alongside UNESCO at major international events in the next two years, including the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) and the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in November 2020 in Kunming, China.
LVMH and its Maisons are to rely on UNESCO’s scientific expertise to advance their sustainable sourcing programmes via its network of 686 biosphere reserves.
More about Man and Biosphere program
The Man and Biosphere (MAB) program is one of five Unesco programs in the field of natural sciences. The other programs are IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee), IHP (International Hydrological Program), PISF (International Basic Sciences Program) and IGCP (International Ecological Correlation Program). Each signatory country has in principle a national committee for each program.
Unesco presents the MAB Program as follows: “The Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) offers an interdisciplinary research program and encourages capacity building to improve the relationship between people and their environment in the world. world level. ”
Launched in the early 1970s, MAB’s main mission is to reduce biodiversity loss through ecological, social and economic approaches. It uses its World Network of Biosphere Reserves as a tool for knowledge exchange, research and monitoring, education and training, and participatory decision-making.
A French engineer named Michel Batisse (1923-2004), Ph.D. in physics and jurist, is the initiator of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program of UNESCO which was born in 1971. At the origin of the the biosphere held in Paris in 1968, bringing together the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Michel Batisse advocates an environmentally sustainable development. Associated with some convinced collaborators, it works to make understand as much to the naturalists as to the politicians that it is necessary to integrate the man in the problems of conservation of nature if one wants to protect the soil, the water and the biological diversity.
In 1974, the MAB program gave birth to the concept of “biosphere reserve” which is the local application. Biosphere Reserves are territories designated by UNESCO but proposed by local actors. There is a tendency to develop research for better management of natural resources, and to disseminate knowledge to all audiences.
In 1976, the first Biosphere Reserves were created, and a whole network was gradually being set up around the world. In the early years, biosphere reserves remain the business of specialists.
In 1984, in Minsk, Belarus, a Biosphere Reserves Action Plan was developed jointly with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
After the Rio Earth Summit (1992), Unesco’s program experts wish to improve the functioning of the Biosphere Reserves and in Seville, in 1995, organize a conference to develop the Seville Strategy for Reserves in Rio de Janeiro. Biosphere and the Statutory Framework of the World Network (1996).
The functions of Biosphere Reserves are specified, clarified and prioritized:
– Conserving natural and cultural biodiversity
– To be used as spatial planning models and experimental sites for sustainable development
– Be used for research, monitoring, education and training.
A periodic review every ten years is now planned to allow or not the renewal of the Biosphere Reserve designation.
In June 2015, there were 651 biosphere reserves in 1207 countries, including 15 cross-border sites. In France, there are now 14 biosphere reserves. See the MAB France website.
In France, biosphere reserves are not protected areas in the legal sense of the term. They are carried locally by a Regional Natural Park, a National Park, a mixed syndicate or by an association Law 1901.
Madrid Action Plan 2008-2013
In 1995, an international conference held in Seville, Spain, opened a new era for the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).
The actions decided by this conference were included in the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of the World Network, both adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1995.
In 2000, in Pamplona, Spain, the Seville + 5 conference extended in its decisions the recommendations of Seville. This Madrid Action Plan was approved at the 3rd World Congress of Biosphere Reserves held in Madrid in February 2008. It intends to take advantage of the strategic advantages of the Seville instruments and to make biosphere reserves in the first decades of the 21st century the main sites dedicated to sustainable development worldwide.
The concept of a biosphere reserve has demonstrated its value beyond the simple notion of a protected area and as such is a tool to adopt