Photograph by Julie Chambers
The Isle of Man is a special place for people and for nature. We’re proud to have been awarded UNESCO status as a UNESCO world biosphere region – the first entire Nation to gain this prestigious accolade by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme.
In a nutshell, UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is all about keeping our Island a special place to live, work and visit. It is the first entire Nation in the world to receive this prestigious endorsement from UNESCO.
The Isle of Man is a truly unique place. Nowhere are you more than a few miles away from stunning coastlines and countryside. We have a proud heritage and a vibrant cultural life. Our communities are close-knit, safe places where people look out for each other. We have a robust modern economy. And we have an exceptionally wide range of environmental and social projects that are helping to keep our Island special. We believe all this is worth telling the world about.
Hon Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said:
Our arts and culture are a huge part of what makes us Mann and an important contributor to our economy, environment and community. Through the Partnership scheme, organisations and businesses join with us to celebrate and tell the world about our unique Biosphere status. I welcome the Isle of Man Arts Council as a partner and look forward to working with it to promote our Biosphere through music, drama, art, video, photography, poetry and other art forms practised by our talented people.
As the first entire country to earn UNESCO biosphere status, the Isle of Man is being showcased on a global scale. This has far-reaching benefits, including:
Quality of life Making sure we have the healthiest possible environment to support our wellbeing.
Economy Helping to attract more investment to the Isle of Man.
Tourism Raising awareness of our Island and making it an even more special place to visit.
National pride A global accolade like this fosters pride in everything from our outstanding natural environment to our unique culture and heritage.
Stronger partnerships Between the voluntary sector, businesses and government, helping everyone to achieve more.
Taking care not only of nature and wildlife, but also our culture, heritage and communities. Specific initiatives range from marine conservation to safeguarding our flora and fauna to enhancing urban spaces.
Maintaining and improving our infrastructure and economy in ways that respect and support our amazing environment. Introducing energy-saving measures, supporting local produce and minimising waste are just three examples.
Helping more people to understand what makes the Island so special and encouraging active involvement in keeping it that way. This will see a whole range of projects being highlighted and shared through education and community networks.
· To protect our natural resources
· Develop our economy in a sustainable way
· Support and promote our cultural heritage
· Make our environment impact positive wherever possible
· Engage with the local community
· Promote our outstanding living landscape and seascape through active involvement with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.
Collaborating with the Island’s businesses and other organisations is key to UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man. Our ultimate aim with the project is active conservation of everything we’re proud of in the Isle of Man, and we believe everyone in the Island can play a part in this.
UNESCO works to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human security and well-being, in close collaboration with its Member States and a wide variety of partners.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Our list of project partners is growing rapidly and encompasses businesses, schools, charities and community groups across the Island.
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