Tourism and Eco-tourism Opportunities

Already and important tourism destination with 850,000 visitors per annum, evidence from other Biospheres, such as Entlebuch (http://www.biosphaere.ch/de/welcome.cfm), suggests that these numbers are likely to rise in Galloway and Southern Ayrshire, as a result of this prestigious international designation. Furthermore there are likely to be significant opportunities for those visitor attractions, restaurants and accommodation providers which decide to focus on…

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Business benefits of Biosphere Reserve status

A recent independent study undertaken by economists Mackay Consultants, of the proposed SW Scotland UNESCO biosphere reserve, concluded that the value of a Biosphere Reserve in the region was £56m (base case) – £80m (optimistic case) over 10 years and that it “would result in very substantial economic, environmental and other benefits for the proposed area”1. These benefits include: globally…

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Red Squirrels in the Biosphere

“Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is asking for reports of red and grey squirrels in your garden to help us get a more detailed and up to date picture of the distribution of squirrels across southern Scotland. As part of Red Squirrel Week, between the 1st and 7th October, we hope Garden Squirrel Watch will generate extra support across the…

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Become a UNESCO Associated School

By joining UNESCO Associated Schools your school can: Be part of a global network of schools directly linked with the UN system Participate in seminars and conferences in the UK and internationally Diploma signed by the UNESCO Director General to display in your school Receive teaching materials on the UN system and global issues Regular newsletters with updates on resources…

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“Sustainable Communities and Social Enterprise in the Biosphere”

Towards the end of March we will be helping to host visiting delegates from other International Biospheres along with the charity Assist Social Capital. This organisation has worked with Biospheres internationally to develop social-enterprise networks. Meeting together gives us a rare opportunity to learn from their experiences and to showcase our own unique Biosphere Reserve. The delegates are especially interested…

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“Business and the Biosphere”

On Wednesday 6th March, from 4pm until 7.15pm we will be holding a “Business and the Biosphere” event at the CatStrand in New Galloway supported by the Ayrshire and the Dumfries & Galloway Chambers of Commerce. This event will be an opportunity for businesses of all sizes and types to come together to share ideas and best practice for sustainable…

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Biosphere

What are UNESCO Biospheres? Biospheres are places with world-class environments that are designated by the United Nations to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places which value and promote conservation and sustainable development on a regional scale. Biospheres  are created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region while promoting sustainable economic development.…

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UNESCO requires every Biosphere to be made up of three zones

The Core areas lie at the heart of the Biosphere and include extensive areas of mountain, moorland, freshwater lochs and rivers. They are home to a wide range of scarce wildlife including iconic species like golden eagle, red deer and wild goats. The Buffer zone of Galloway Forest Park is a working landscape managed to protect the natural heritage of…

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Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a first for Scotland

Hosting an amazing combination of landscape, wildlife and culture with communities that care about and for their environment. Putting a global spotlight on south-west Scotland as a special place and one of only 580 Biosphere Reserves worldwide. Providing a catalyst for new economic opportunities, environmentally sustainable development, nature conservation and education. Offering a unique marketing opportunity through the global UNESCO…

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