Malindi Watamu Biosphere Reserve has been renamed to Malindi Watamu Arabuko Sokoke Biosphere Reserve. This was officially announced at the 31st session of the Man and Biosphere International Coordinating Council (MAB-ICC) that took place from 17 to 21 June in Paris, France. Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems which are internationally recognised within the framework of UNESCO’s Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) under the Statutory Framework of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
There are six other biosphere reserves in Kenya. These are;
Mount Kenya, 1978
Mount Kulal, 1978
Amboseli, including Namanga Forest, 1991Mount Elgon, 2003