Environment may be recognised as "world class" by the United Nations

United Nations biosphere announcement due today

United Nations biosphere announcement due today

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The United Nations may declare a Sussex area an international biosphere site today.

The Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere partnership will find out if the land will be declared a biosphere when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meet on later on today.

A biosphere site declaration is recognition of residents showing innovative approaches to living in harmony with nature.

The Biosphere bid is being led by Brighton & Hove City Council, working in partnership with some forty organisations including other local authorities and public bodies, and voluntary, educational and private sector bodies also.

Chris Todd, chair of the Biosphere partnership, said: “We are now very close to realising the result of three years' strenuous effort by numerous local bodies and individuals, and are keeping everything crossed for a positive outcome from when our efforts to look after and improve our local environment will take a place on the world stage”.

The proposed site covers the South Downs National Park, Brighton and Hove and the neighbouring towns of Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Shoreham, Telscombe, Southwick and Shoreham Beach.

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3:03pm Wed 11 Jun 14

pachallis says...

But what will being declared an international biosphere site actually mean to local residents and businesses?

What is a biosphere other than the dictionary definition "the part of the earth's surface and atmosphere inhabited by living things "?

So everywhere I live is an international biosphere site by definition - I'm totally confused...
But what will being declared an international biosphere site actually mean to local residents and businesses? What is a biosphere other than the dictionary definition "the part of the earth's surface and atmosphere inhabited by living things "? So everywhere I live is an international biosphere site by definition - I'm totally confused... pachallis
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4:26pm Wed 11 Jun 14

mhaiti says...

pachallis wrote:
But what will being declared an international biosphere site actually mean to local residents and businesses? What is a biosphere other than the dictionary definition "the part of the earth's surface and atmosphere inhabited by living things "? So everywhere I live is an international biosphere site by definition - I'm totally confused...
It's an award based on the below criteria, "A biosphere site declaration is recognition of residents showing innovative approaches to living in harmony with nature."

So for residents it would be recognition of the hard work of those who were involved and for anyone that wasn't it may highlight the opportunity to get involved in local environmental projects.

For local businesses I presume that as this is an international award that it would give some free positive advertising (how much is up for debate) at a time when in towns and cities across the county the tourism industry is very important.

All seems quite positive to me....
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: But what will being declared an international biosphere site actually mean to local residents and businesses? What is a biosphere other than the dictionary definition "the part of the earth's surface and atmosphere inhabited by living things "? So everywhere I live is an international biosphere site by definition - I'm totally confused...[/p][/quote]It's an award based on the below criteria, "A biosphere site declaration is recognition of residents showing innovative approaches to living in harmony with nature." So for residents it would be recognition of the hard work of those who were involved and for anyone that wasn't it may highlight the opportunity to get involved in local environmental projects. For local businesses I presume that as this is an international award that it would give some free positive advertising (how much is up for debate) at a time when in towns and cities across the county the tourism industry is very important. All seems quite positive to me.... mhaiti
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