Covering an area of 5268 square kilometres the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a status given in recognition of its special natural qualities. It is home to 95,000 people who want to make life better while caring for the natural environment.
A Biosphere has three goals:
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.
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a place where continued cooperation and collaboration will show that a sustainable way of living is not only possible but already happening.
A Biosphere Reserve, usually referred to as a Biosphere, is a special designation awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to areas renowned for their special environments which are valued by local people.
AROUND THE WORLD
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a special designation which joins over 600 Biosphere reserves around the world. The global Biosphere network encourages sharing of experiences and knowledge to help us take better care of our surroundings locally, nationally and internationally.
HOW IT WORKS
The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is voluntary, it brings no new regulations, so its aims are achieved by people working together. The Biosphere Partnership is a charity made up of representatives from communities, businesses, organisations and agencies. The Partnership is working towards ambitious goals by encouraging people to share an enthusiasm for their special place and sign the Biosphere Charter.
THE BIOSPHERE IS HERE
The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere boundary embraces diverse countryside surrounding the Galloway Hills. The rivers radiating out from the hills provide water as a common theme connecting the cultural identity and natural environment with everyone living and working in the area.