Biosphere Briefs

Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Cooperative (SAMAB)

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and SAMAB recently agreed to a Culturally Significant Plant Species Initiative. The initiative encourages institutions across the southern Appalachian region to collaborate on conservation, access, utilization, and restoration of culturally important species, while respecting and acknowledging Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and the multigenerational connections to the Cherokee language and culture.

Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Reserve

As part of their studies for a class in Protected Landscapes and Community Sustainability, 14 interdisciplinary students accompanied by two professors from Paul Smith’s College are traveling to South Africa from January 7 – 17, 2020. The students will work with three South African Biospheres - Cape West Coast BR, Gouritz Cluster BR, and Kogelberg BR – in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Congaree Biosphere Reserve

On August 2, 2019, Congaree National Park hosted an outreach meeting to give voice to the community and discuss opportunities for stakeholders to collaborate on planning biosphere activities. The park also hosted a series of meetings in July to explore tourism, education, conservation, and science and other topics of mutual interest with organizations in the biosphere.

Last updated: July 19, 2021