The ACP has become a proud supporter of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. Biosphere Reserves, usually referred to as Biospheres, are places with world-class environments that are designated to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places which value and protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region while promoting environmentally sustainable economic development. They are places of cooperation, education and research where local communities, environmental groups, and businesses can work together. Biospheres are established through the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB). A Biosphere Reserve is a place of cooperation and collaboration that show that a sustainable way of living is not only possible but already happening!

A Biosphere has three main functions:

  • Conservation:
    promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape.
  • Learning:
    supporting a better understanding of nature and global issues.
  • Development:
    fostering a sustainable economy and society.

Biosphere designation provides Galloway and Southern Ayrshire with an opportunity to take a lead in developing more sustainable ways of living that will benefit the environment, economy and community of the area and ultimately act as an example of good practice within UNESCO’s worldwide network of Biosphere Reserves. If this exciting vision is to be achieved then everyone will need to play their part, whether as communities, organisations, businesses or individuals. The ACP is already doing this in many ways and by agreeing with the six principles of the Biosphere Charter, plays a role in improving and promoting the sustainability of the region.

The six principles are to:

  • Help to conserve the natural resources of the Biosphere
  • Support the economy to benefit people and nature
  • Promote cultural heritage and local products
  • Contribute to the health and well-being of the community
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and promote research
  • Raise awareness of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere

For more information on Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere visit http://www.gsabiosphere.org.uk


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