The biosphere reserve "Minett UNESCO Biosphere"
In October of 2020, the Minett region became a biosphere reserve recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Luxembourg is now part of the scientific MAB programme which was first established in the 1970s. In early 2020, the total number of biosphere reserves was up to 701, spanning 124 countries. Thanks to a global network, they are able to exchange and share their experiences and skills. The Minett Region is proud to be a part of the vast network of - at this stage in 2023 - a total of 738 different registered biosphere reserves.
To be internationally recognised as a biosphere reserve, territories must have features that demonstrate the impact humans have on nature. These sites are used to test and develop methods that reduce the impact of socioeconomic activity on the environment and inspire collective action. By experimenting with new modes of regional management, biosphere reserves aim to redress the balance between humans and nature.
The Minett UNESCO Biosphere shows the impact humans have on nature and the resurgence of nature in areas shaped by humans. As a region forged by industrial activity, the extraction of the iron ore an its subsequent abandonment left their mark on the landscape. The region’s architecture, wastelands, mines and immigration reflects this. Today, the densely populated territory has recovered its biodiversity, features historical heritage in need of preservation and is the site of important urban renovation projects.