What is a Biosphere Reserve?
Biosphere Reserves are areas of world-class natural value, designated by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organisation).They demonstrate the best examples of people working in harmony with nature for the benefit of all. In doing so, they show how we all have responsibility for our natural environment.
They have been described as the biological equivalent of World Heritage Sites, but they differ in approach. Biosphere Reserves are ‘living laboratories’ for testing out and demonstrating sustainable development on
They have 3 functions and 3 zones.
The aspiration for Biosphere Reserves is to be
To achieve these challenging goals will require innovation, entrepreneurs and bold leaders, willing to make the most of this opportunity that UNESCO has given us. Find out more, become a Biosphere supporter and get your 'pin' on the Biosphere interactive map.
Biosphere & Business
The Biosphere Reserve is continually looking at ways that it can help businesses maximise the benefit they receive from the environment and things it can do to preserve and sustain that environment for future generations. We call this Investing in Nature.
We are developing a scheme for businesses to share in the success of the Biosphere brand through stages of sustainable accreditation - this is our Business Charter. In return for the accreditation the business will receive expert advice to help them on their sustainable journey and be able to gain market advantage with customers seeking a world class environmental credential
Businesses in the sceme: