The Fens Biosphere will give global recognition to a unique and valuable area.
A Biosphere is a special status awarded by UNESCO to a unique and valuable landscape. There are 701 Biospheres in the world and they create an international network of communities who are pioneering a positive future for people and nature.
There are 7 Biospheres in the UK but none in the East of England.
Biosphere status is achieved by applying to UNESCO. The application process is usually managed by a group of relevant organisations, charities and local authorities with one lead partner (in this case, Cambridgeshire ACRE) and must be endorsed by a wide range of stakeholders.
Once an area has been granted Biosphere status it’s stated activities will be managed by a constituted partnership drawn from local organisations and community members.
There are a number of golden threads linking the activities of all Biospheres:
- Biospheres will meet the needs of their current and future residents and work towards providing secure and happy futures for all.
- Biospheres will improve the natural environment.
- Biospheres will use new ideas,science and technology to explore new ways of living everyday that solve global challenges.
For more information about Biospheres visit the UNESCO website here.