Bringing Biosphere status to the Isle of Wight…

2 March 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

Isle of Wight Biosphere Survey… 

The Isle of Wight faces real challenges, to the economic and social wellbeing of the county, to its infrastructure and governance, and to the opportunities that it offers our next generations. Organisations, individuals and communities are working together to find new solutions, build new partnerships and secure new resources for a better future.
One of the most significant of these initiatives is the Island’s bid for Biosphere status, an idea born here in our Bay office and led by the excellent IW AONB team, to be made to the UK government and UNESCO in June this year, with the result announced in early 2019. Although there are 600 Biosphere’s across the world, there are only 6 in the UK, a status that sits alongside World Heritage Site in its global importance. Joining this family will bring international attention to the Island, and a recognition that it is setting out not only to protect and celebrate the extraordinary quality of its natural and cultural heritage, but to make it work for the people who live and visit here. You can find out more about biospheres and the Island’s bid to become one here https://www.wightaonb.org.uk/…/pro…/iow-candidate-biosphere/ .

An important part of the application is evidence of what it is that people most value about being here, those natural and cultural assets that bring enjoyment, relaxation, fun and inspiration. By understanding what these things are, we can work to maximise their role in a sustainable future for the Island.

By completing this short survey (it will take you 5 minutes), you are adding your knowledge, opinion and experience to the information that will underpin an Isle of Wight Biosphere. Just follow this link to the questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wightbiosphere

Thank you for your help and please spread the word!!