The U.S. Department of State, as of July 2013, circulated a survey instrument to gather information that is required by UNESCO. This review can be an important step toward renewing the U.S. Biosphere Reserve program, which has been inactive for more than a decade. The review will focus on how each reserve performs the following functions:
> Conservation — contributing to the conservation of landscapes, species and genetic variation.
> Development — fostering economic and human development which is socio-culturally and ecologically responsible.
> Logistic support — facilitating local demonstration projects, environmental education and training, and research and monitoring related to local, regional and global opportunities in conservation and sustainable development.
An important goal of U.S. biosphere reserves is to serve as models of voluntary collaboration with local communities to accomplish these functions; therefore, this theme will focus on biosphere reserve contributions to the periodic review and renewal process, including the challenges of reengagement in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and the benefits and synergy resulting from information-sharing with others.