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Welcome to West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve

Preserving Natural Wonders Since 1990

The UNESCO program "Man and the Biosphere" (referred to as MaB) has been helping to find local solutions to global problems and supporting sustainable development for over fifty years. The program contributes to the conservation of biodiversity, the provision of ecosystem services, and the sustainable use of natural resources in member states. Ensuring a livable environment and a just economy is essential, providing communities with ideas for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

What We Do

Preserving Natural Habitats

The West Estonian Islands Biosphere Reserve is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of the West Estonian islands under conditions of moderate human impact. We conduct research to ensure the preservation of local species' habitats for future generations.


We believe that education is key to promoting sustainable natural resource use. Our goal is to raise awareness through educational programs about the importance of conserving natural habitats and the interconnectedness of all living beings.

Engaging the Community

The primary target audience and implementers of the West Estonian Islands Biosphere Reserve idea are the dedicated local community who share the same values and are committed to the preservation of ecological and cultural biodiversity. Community events and volunteer activities help engage people in thinking and acting together to continue valuing biodiversity and embedding a green mindset in all aspects of life.

About West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve

Since 1990 West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, we have been part of the UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) network, working to preserve a legacy of sustainable nature use and associated cultural landscapes and traditional habitats. 

You can read more about the West Estonian Islands Biosphere Reserve program and its activities in the relevant document. 


Stay Connected with West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our initiatives, achievements, and how you can contribute to our collective efforts. Together, we can make a positive impact on our region and the world. Join us on this exciting journey towards a greener, culturally rich, and sustainable future!

Thank You for Your Support!

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