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Nedre Dalälven River Landscape Biosphere Reserve

The word biosphere means all life on Earth and the environment it lives in. For us, it is about the interplay between humankind and the environment. 

UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves are intended to serve as model areas for sustainable development. All Biosphere Reserves are shaped according to local conditions, and the idea is that what is developed locally can then inspire and be used globally. Today, there are more than 700 Biosphere Reserves in over 120 countries. Sweden has seven, Finland two, and Norway and Denmark one each. So far anyway. Spain has the most of any country, with 52 Biosphere Reserves covering a full twelve percent of the country’s geographical area.

The unique natural and cultural environments of the Nedre Dalälven River Landscape have earned it the prestigious designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Focus areas for our biosphere work
In the Biosphere Reserve, we work with a long-term focus to preserve the open landscape, engage in fishery conservation, work for sustainable tourism and take charge of biological mosquito control. We have chosen these as our focus areas. 

Good examples of sustainable development
Under GOOD EXAMPLES, we gather companies, organizations and more that we have visited and that work actively with sustainable development. Click here to see all of them
Get involved in the biosphere
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has made a film series about the work of the Swedish Biosphere Reserves to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Here, we present one of our fishery conservation projects and the SDGs that it concerns.