Biosphere Reserves in the UK

Article date: 27 Feb 2017, Author: UK National Commission for UNESCO

The UK National Commission’s publication UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the UK demonstrates the wider value of the UK’s six globally-recognised Biosphere Reserves, and outlines their contribution to UNESCO’s education, science, culture, communication and information objectives.

The UK’s six Biospheres are Wester Ross (Scotland), Galloway and Southern Ayrshire (Scotland), the entirety of the Isle of Man, Biosffer Dyfi (Wales), North Devon (England) and Brighton and Lewes Downs (England). The UK Biospheres form part of a global network of 669 Biosphere Reserves spread across 120 countries. Membership to the global network provides unique opportunities for exchanges of experience, collaborative research and other partnerships.

Biospheres are coordinated by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB). The Programme works with other UN agencies, governments, NGOs, academia and the private sector, to provide a unique global platform to aid cooperation on research, capacity building and information sharing. The UK Man and the Biosphere (UK MAB) Committee oversees the Programme in the UK and is chaired by Professor Martin Price at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Perth, Scotland.

The publication is part of our wider value research – which found that UK Biospheres generated an estimated £1.8 million from April 2014 to March 2015 through their association with UNESCO.