In the southern Black Forest is currently under construction, the "Biosphere Reserve Black Forest". 29 municipalities in the counties of Lörrach, Waldshut and Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald participate on the establishment of the sanctuary on an area of ??over 600 km². A biosphere reserve is a model region for sustainable development, which is also equipped by UNESCO with a special certificate. Participating communities are related funding is available, which can be used among other things to the development of tourism infrastructure.
In a biosphere reserve are the traditional agricultural landscape in the foreground, unlike the National Park, where the natural development without direct human influence is sought. In the National Park 75% of the total area of ??use are deprived of human use, in the biosphere reserve are the only 3%.
"With the establishment of the biosphere reserve Black Forest, a unique model region with significant added value for the economy, tourism and nature. Together we are a strong impetus for the sustainable development of the whole region - in ecological, economic and social point of view ", the Baden-Württembergische Conservation Minister Alexander Bonde said at the signing of the agreement on 19 February 2016 in Schönau. Schonau is also location of the office of the biosphere area.
The following 29 municipalities participating in the biosphere region Black Forest: