Our mission is to become an international centre of innovation to find creative, innovative, and effective ways for people and nature to thrive together in rural communities. By linking Indigenous and traditional knowledge from rural communities with modern science, facilitating networking among EuroMAB partners, promoting innovation and leveraging funds and resources, we will generate solutions to pressing local, regional, national and global challenges.

Our vision is a world in which thriving, inclusive and healthy rural communities are recognized as integral to a sustainable future for all.


The ICSRCs activities will be guided by the Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (2016-2025). The high level objectives endorsed for the MAB program at the World Congress of Biosphere Reserves held in Lima, Peru, in March 2016 are to:

  • Conserve biodiversity, restore and enhance ecosystem services, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources
  • Contribute to building sustainable, healthy and equitable societies, economies and thriving human settlements in harmony with the biosphere
  • Facilitate biodiversity and sustainability science, education for sustainable development and capacity building
  • Support mitigation and adaptation to climate change and other aspects of global environmental change