The partners support biosphere reserves on different levels and in a complementary manner. The experiences of the partners are comosed as follows:

In teaching at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE), aspects of nature conservation management as well as the applied implementation of model projects of sustainable land use in the development zones of biosphere reserves (BR) will be conveyed. It is concerned with future-oriented solutions both in the theoretical teaching context of numerous modules as well as in excursions and project work.

Within the framework of various courses, partnerships have already been established for years with biosphere reserves. These and others are selected as study objects and results are analyzed, discussed and made available.


On an international level, the partners regularly deal with the implementation and promotion of biosphere
reserves, in particular scientific approaches and tools are developed and tested. The specialist areas Nature
Conservation (Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch) and Sustainable Tourism (Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein) at the HNEE have developed academic centers that have defined the Biosphere Reserve idea as a focus of their work:
The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has been jointly established by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and Writtle College, UK. The main international consulting activities (among others for the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ / Association for International Cooperation) is the adaptive management of risks and vulnerability; The so-called MARISCO method was developed. In the context of the consultancy activities, GIZ projects and on-site biosphere reserve ideas were promoted and recommendations made (for example, Jianxi / China, Kakheti / Georgia, Kalahari / Namibia). The same applies, inter alia for consulting activities and training courses on the subject of cross-border, peace-keeping nature protection in the Balkans (Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo). It is based on experience in the Balkans, the Carpathians, and others. In the Altai, there was also a long-term initiative to establish a dialogue between the actors of the biosphere reserves on the Korean peninsula.

The Centre for Sustainable Tourism (ZENAT) was founded in 2013 and and is dedicated to the research, testing and dissemination of new insights into sustainable tourism management. This is done within a broad network of science, education, counseling and practice. Current topics include a project with Korea as well as initiatives on cooperation with the Michael Succow Foundation to develop a transnational biosphere reserve Rominterheide (Russia, Poland, Lithuania). This was followed by a feasibility study, a zoning and visitor management concept and a micro-credits competition.


The partner organisations have long been extensively networked with Germany’s biosphere reserves via research projects, monitoring activities and committee work (including the MAB National Committee of UNESCO: Prof. Dr. Michael Succow from 1991 to 2018, Prof. Dr. Vera Luthardt since 2018).

The advisory activities of the MSS are primarily the result of the long-standing membership of the German
MAB committee, as well as the many years of experience of foundations and members of the Michael Succow Foundation. Michael Succow has been involved in the evaluation processes of most German biosphere reserves for over 20 years. Advising political decision-makers is, among other things, on the ways of the Land Nature Conservation Advisory Board Brandenburg at the MLUL (Chair and Membership) whose focus has been directed to largescale protected areas, especially biosphere reserves, in recent years. In addition there is a continuous cooperation in the curatoria of the BR Schorfheide-Chorin and the BR Spreewald, in the scientific advisory board of the BR Spreewald and in district councilors.


Through long-term partnership with existing biosphere reserves it is possible to observe and accompany processes and developments. The introduction and testing of adaptive protection area management and sustainable tourism concepts led to many improvements in existing BR.


Through the financing of DBU, GIZ, BMU and BfN, the partners have been able to apply their knowledge in
an international context. You can find information via the internet portals of the initiators about the spatial
distribution and the year of the designation,on which they have played an important role.

At the websites of all partners you can find further information: