Dr Clüsener-Godt is German and has a Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology from the University of Osnabrück in Germany. Moreover, he has a PhD. Honoris causa of the University of Para, Belem, Brazil. He is the Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and the Secretary of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), which manages the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Currently, there are 701 Biosphere Reserves in 124 countries, 21 of them are transboundary. He is also supervising the UNESCO Global Geoparks Programme (150 Geoparks in 41 countries) and the Unit for Disaster Risk Reduction.
He is also responsible for the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, Coastal Zones and Small Islands, the REDBIOS Network in the East-Atlantic, the Amazonian Biosphere Reserve Network and the Asia Pacific Co-operation for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources in Biosphere Reserves and Similarly Managed Areas.
He is the Division’s focal point for the UNESCO Category II “International Centre on Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves, Two Coastlines United by their Culture and Nature”, located within the premises of the Abertis Foundation in Castellet I la Gornal, Spain, which was established in November 2013 and officially inaugurated in April 2014.
Within UNESCO/MAB, he published the World Atlas of Mangroves, in cooperation with FAO, ISME, ITTO, UNESP/WCMC, UNU/INWEH and TNC.
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