The area around the river Dyfi is a special place for its people, its culture and the local environment. It hosts some of the finest and most inspiring landscapes and wildlife areas in Europe, as well as a passionate community that care strongly about their magnificent surroundings.
Situated on the chalk hills and coast of the South Downs within and around the city of Brighton & Hove and neighbouring towns of Lewes, Newhaven and Shoreham, this Biosphere brings together rural, marine and urban environments with the local population of 370,000 people and 12 million annual visitors to take care of this special place for both nature and people.
Covering 5268 square kilometres the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere was granted its status in recognition of the special natural qualities that characterise the area. It is home to 95,000 people who work together to improve life whilst caring for the natural environment.
On this self-governing island in the Irish Sea, traditional industries such as fishing and farming and a rich cultural heritage and vintage transport network co-exist with tourism, leisure activities and a thriving business and manufacturing sector. The Island boasts spectacular beaches and cliffs and beautiful glens and forests and is an important haven for nature and marine and bird life.
Reaching to the heights of Dartmoor and Exmoor and via the sea to Lundy, North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is developing partnerships and managing projects for a sustainable future in north Devon. The North Devon Biosphere team work to maintain this pioneering environment and the high quality of life it has to offer.
The newly designated area of Wester Ross extends from the tip of Knoydart northwards to Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles, including population centres in Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochcarron, Gairloch and Ullapool. The new designation replaces an earlier one for Beinn Eighe – a much smaller area that was managed solely for nature conservation, research and education. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve criteria were changed in the 1990s to provide greater focus on people’s relationship with the environment prompting a reapplication to the network for the wider area of Wester Ross.
The UK Man and the Biosphere (UK MAB) Committee oversees UNESCO's MAB Programme in the UK.
- The MAB Programme encourages a balanced relationship between people and their environment.
- Biosphere reserves are a major component of the MAB Programme.
- People across all sectors of society have a say in how biosphere reserves are used, developed and managed to ensure growth of the area and protect the healthy state of the environment.
- The UK MAB Committee represents various groups with an interest in biosphere reserves that reflect the multiple facets of the MAB Programme. These include representatives from conservation, cultural, economic, education, environmental, and social sectors. UK MAB supports and provides oversight of UK biosphere reserves
- The Committee is independent but works closely with the UK National Commission for UNESCO.
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