Projects in Biosphere Reserves

El Hierro Biosphere Reserve supplied for the first time exclusively with renewable energy

The first 100% Renewable Energy Island On Sunday, 9 August 2015 at 12:00 pm, an important milestone was reached by the wind-hydro plant of Gorona del Viento. For the first time, it supplied the entire electricity demand of the Isla de El Hierro Biosphere Reserve (Spain) using

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Kasese for clean energy

100% access to clean energy services for all domestic, productive and social needs by 2020. The District of Kasese in Uganda (approx.130,000 households), on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Biosphere Reserve, has recently been the center of local and international initiatives that are aiming to radically

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Carbon-Free island in tourist transport

The STARTER Project for Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve (Spain) STARTER aims to promote energy efficient and sustainable mobility policies and practices through the cooperation of all local interested parties. The concept of Local Travel Plan Networks (LTPN) will be applied in 5 sites across Europe to engage relevant

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The First Wind Farm in Costa Rica

Chiripa wind farm at Agua y Paz Biosphere Reserve Costa Rica is just one Central American that has long used renewable energy sources, primarily hydro power to become more energy self-sufficient. Now an increasing number of wind farms across the country as Chriripa are helping the country

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Dumfries and Galloway (Biosphere Reserve)

100% Renewable Energy Source Community Project The 100% RES Community Project aims to drive the region towards greater environmental sustainability by assisting small communities. Project run by Community Energy Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council (Galloway and southern Ayrshire biosphere reserve). Dumfries & Galloway Council and Community

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The Solar Explorer

A solar educational and research vessel owned and operated by the Schorfheide-Chorin UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The “Solar Explorer” drive around the Werbellinsee in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin. The boat is powered exclusively by solar power. The floating laboratory is designed as a research and training ship

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Pilot RE project in small Vietnamese island

The hybrid power system of solar and diesel for Bai Huong village in “Cu Lao Cham ” Biosphere Reserve. The village BaiHuong is located in a narrow stretch of the south-west coast side of Cu Lao Cham island, that belongs Tan Hiep commune in Cu Lao Cham

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Clean Cities National Parks Initiative

Sustainable mobility in UNESCO sites (USA) Clean Cities partners with the National Park Service (NPS) through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of cutting petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative complements the NPSClimate Friendly Parks program by

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Sustainable Energy Action Plan

North Devon Biosphere Reserve How to stem the outflow of £300 M per annum spent on energy and turn it into local investment and good resource management? The Biosphere Partnership is leading the development of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for the Biosphere as part of

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SmartRegion Pellworm

Germany’s green energy island – Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands of Schleswig-Holstein biosphere reserve. Pellworm is one of the North Frisian Islands located in the North Sea coast of Germany. It is a part of the Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands of Schleswig-Holstein biosphere reserve. The island

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Dr Osman Benchikh *. Programme Specialist in Charge of Energy and Renewable Energy. Coordinator of RENFORUS project.
E-mail: o.benchikh(at)
Cipriano Marín **. Assistant for RENFORUS project implementation.
E-mail: c.marin(at)
Addresses: * UNESCO. 1, Rue Miollis. 75015 Paris – France
** Avda. Islas Canarias, 35 - 38007, S/C de Tenerife - Spain