Among the Isle of Man’s many special attributes is that it is the only ‘entire nation’ UNESCO Biosphere in the world.
UNESCO is the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
The programme began in 1971, initially concentrating on experimenting to find solutions to care for land, sea and species. It was expanded in the mid-1990s to also reflect areas’ economy, culture, heritage and community. The Isle of Man was admitted to the world network of Biosphere reserves in 2016 and is one of 701 Biospheres in 124 countries and one of eight UK and Ireland Biospheres (the Island reports to UNESCO via UK MAB).
What is a Biosphere?
In order to become a Biosphere, a location must have two key features: people and a special environment.
The three central platforms of the Biosphere programme, globally, are sustainable development, conservation and education.
The programme encourages Biospheres to work towards the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, a blueprint for a better future for people and the planet.
What does it mean for the Isle of Man?
Our Biosphere status encourages us to learn about and cherish what we have in the Isle of Man and safeguard it for the future by making good decisions, as individuals, as organisations and as an Island.
It tells potential new residents and visitors that we are a special place for people and nature and have a conscience.
Here at Seasidecottages.im we are delighted to support Unesco Biosphere using local suppliers, partnering and supporting local businesses and recycling waste.