Biosphere reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle was designated by UNESCO in 2010. A long term process for sustainable development has been initiated. This process is within the UNESCO framework and guidelines for biosphere reserves.
Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle has a rich landscape with very high values from a biological, socio-cultural and ecological perspective. There is a national park within the area, a large amount of nature reserves and a variety of species that are listed on the national and/or IUCN Red List of endangered species. There are also species and crops that have high economical value for the locals. The landscape is diverse. Large areas are protected by National legislature, which promotes the protection of biological diversity as well as traditional knowledge. Furthermore there are areas of national interest for the purpose of recreation and outdoor life, which contributes to human well-being and health. With these values as a foundation, it is important to find the means for collaborations with the aim to preserve and to develop the area in a sustainable way. A biosphere reserve provides the desired possibilities.