Julian Alps Biosphere Reserve

Julian Alps Biosphere Reserve

The Julian Alps Biosphere Reserve is the first biosphere reserve in Slovenia. It is an intergovernmental research programme that aims to establish a global network of biosphere reserves which strive to uphold the balance between people and nature, biodiversity and sustainable development and upkeep of cultural values.

In 2003 the UNESCO office in Paris adopted a Decision to include the Julian Alps and the Triglav national park into the international network of biosphere reserves MAB (Man and Biosphere). The Julian Alps have thus become part of a world network of model regimes of sustainable development. 

The worldwide MAB network comprises 651 reserves in 120 countries. 

In Slovenia there are also the Karst biosphere reserve  (established in 2004) and the the Kozjansko and Obsotelje Biosphere Reserve (established in 2010). The nomination of the Mura Biosphere Reserve, which is an integral part of the planned cross-border biosphere area Mura-Drava-Danube, has been prepared.

In 2003 the UNESCO office in Paris adopted a Decision to include the Julian Alps and the Triglav national park into the international network of biosphere reserves MAB (Man and Biosphere). The Julian Alps have thus become part of a world network of model regimes of sustainable development.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Julian Alps: 195 723 ha

  • central zone: 63.900 ha
  • marginal zone: 20.082 ha
  • transitional zone: 111.741 ha 

The Julian Alps Biosphere Reserve spans three administrative units: Tolmin, Radovljica, and Jesenice. It covers about 10 percent of Slovenia's territory.

The programme also includes the transboundary cooperation with Italian Natural park Prealpi Giulie.