Biosphere reserves are representative parts of natural and cultural landscapes extending over large areas. They help to formulate and implement protection, maintenance and development policies in an exemplary way - in harmony with the local populations spending their life and earning their livelihood in these areas. Thus, biosphere reserves are model regions for sustainable development. They serve at the same time to Investigate the human-environment relationship Foster integrated ecological monitoring Promote environmental education "A future to nature - new chances to humans". This is the motto of the Rhön biosphere reserve. This means that the Rhön will be a model for Conserving cultural landscapes through sustainable land use Conserving and enjoying nature Fostering tourism Promoting and developing sustainable industry.