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UNESCO
Latvian National Commission
Reg. No. 90000089305
Pils laukums 4 – 206,
Rīga, LV 1050
Phone: +371 67 325 109
Fax: +371 67 222 762
E-mail: office@unesco.lv
latvijas dargumi

Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve

The Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve has been established in 1997. Ziemeļvidzeme Biosphere Reserve (ZBR) is the only specially protected nature territory of this kind in Latvia. It is a vast territory in which nature and landscape treasures of international significance are being preserved, ensuring sustainable social and economic development.

The territory of the ZBR covers 457 600 ha of land and 16 750 ha of the sea. It was established in 1997 and already on 15 December 1997 was recognised as a protected territory of international significance in the framework of UNESCO’s MAB (Man and the Biosphere) programme. The goal of the Biosphere Reserve on national and international level is to reach a balance in the protection of natural diversity, foster economic development and safeguard of cultural values.

In 2009 the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve has worked out a handbook in English and Russian language for managing biosphere reserves.