WELCOME TO NORTH DEVON'S UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE
UNESCO turns 75
Since 1945, the aims and work of UNESCO in the UK has flourished. The 154 UNESCO designations across the UK are the embodiment of the founding mission of UNESCO. Designations work to encourage mutual understanding and dialogue, sustainable development and care for our cultural heritage and natural environment.
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New Visitor Website
Our new website for visitors to the Biosphere is now live.
It is all about the North Devon Biosphere but is free from all the technical data and research reports that will reaim on this site. Please take a look.
From the highlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor, down the river valleys to the sea and beyond Lundy, the North Devon Biosphere is one of 668 Reserves in 122 countries designated by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme and was the first of 6 to be designated in the UK. The designation secures a better future by linking people and nature today.
From the strategic planning to the small community action, the North Devon Biosphere partnership, supported by the team, works to maintain our world class environment and the high quality of life we get from it.
North Devon's Biosphere Reserve has
UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) is an intergovernmental programme aiming to set a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their local environments.
Biosphere Reserves are established by individual countries and recognised by MAB to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science.
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25 Year Environment Plan
This 25-Year Environment Plan sets out government action to help the natural world regain and retain good health. It aims to deliver cleaner air and water in our cities and rural landscapes, protect threatened species and provide richer wildlife habitats. It calls for an approach to agriculture, forestry, land use and fishing that puts the environment first.
North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is jointly funded by Devon County Council, North Devon Council, Torridge District Council
North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is twinned with the Malindi-Watumu Biosphere Reserve on the Kenyan coast.