In October 2020, the Minett region became a biosphere reserve recognised by UNESCO. The Minett region is proud to be part of the vast network of - at this time in 2022 - a total of 738 different registered biosphere reserves.
The Minett UNESCO Biosphere demonstrates the impact of humans on nature and the resurgence of nature in human-dominated areas. As an industrialised region, the mining of iron ore and its subsequent abandonment left deep traces in the landscape. The architecture, wasteland, mines and immigration of the region reflect this. Today, the densely populated area has recovered its biodiversity, has a historical heritage to preserve and is the scene of important urban regeneration projects.