The Biosphere Reserve Strategy 2014-2024
Our Biosphere is here to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature today. It sounds very dramatic but it is true! North Devon Biosphere is a very special region. You only have to cross the watershed into the river catchment to see it and feel it. It’s not just the wildlife but the landscape, the culture and the people that live there that make the area worthy of the UNESCO designation.
This strategy uses the fact that Nature provides for this area a whole set of benefits that we can use wisely to give us that secure our future; it addresses the challenges such as climate change, food security and energy security choices, the structure of our economy and how we can benefit as a society. It places a large emphasis on working with the local community to inspire and deliver the future they want.
Professor Michael Winter OBE
The North Devon Biosphere Strategy for Sustainable Development 2014-2024 is designed to be a high level strategy document that spans a 10 year horizon. It will be underpinned by a rolling 3 year action plan and sector specific plans in preparation.
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These themes match they way our Partnership groups are structured.
Forestry & Woodland Enterprise
Nature Improvement Area
This strategy was developed through a multi stage approach involving;
The compilation of information from pre-existing work
- Information that has been fed into the process comes from the previous strategy and its review
- The Periodic Review and State of the Biosphere Reserve Report
- Existing sub strategies of the Partnership such as the Sustainable Energy Action Plan, the NIA programme, the Taw River Improvement Project, Biodiversity Offsetting Strategy
- Other plans and strategies; e.g. AONB Plan, Shoreline management plan, and studies from the Fisheries Local Action Group.
Newly compiled information from participative sessions
- Ecosystem assessment
- Driver Pressure State Impact Response analysis
and was refined through a consultation process during 2014-early 2015