Biosphere Reserves strive to achieve four pillars of sustainable development:
Environmental sustainability: all actions should enhance and protect environmental health upon which human health & the economy depend;
Economic sustainability: we must support local livelihoods, create a vibrant economy and foster long term wealth for our citizens;
Social sustainability: our institutions and infrastructure must foster healthy family and community life over the long term;
Cultural sustainability: we must preserve our rich and diverse cultural heritage, while fostering an atmosphere that encourages expression, communication and interaction in the arts, recreation and well-being of our citizens and visitors.