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Joy as downs earns rare Biosphere status

The Argus: Joy as downs earns rare Biosphere status Joy as downs earns rare Biosphere status

THE “world class” rolling downs of Sussex have become the UK’s first new “Biosphere” in 40 years.

The Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere was assigned the designation by the United Nations yesterday as part of the Man and the Biosphere project led by UNESCO.

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

Chris Todd, chairman of the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere partnership, said: “This is world recognition for the fantastic environment we have here and for all the hard work that local people put into looking after it.

“Now we have this accolade, we aim to build on the partnership to do even greater things.

“This is not about telling people what to do but creating a vision for the future.”

The award follows six years’ work by the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere partnership to develop its bid.

The partnership of some 40 organisations, with Brighton and Hove City Council as a lead partner, includes other local authorities, public bodies, voluntary, educational and community organisations and private sector businesses.

The newly-established Biosphere area covers all of the land and near-shore coastal waters between the two rivers of the Adur in the west and the Ouse in the east.

The northern boundary of the South Downs National Park marks its northern limits.

The Biosphere includes the city of Brighton and Hove and neighbouring towns of Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Shoreham, Telscombe and Southwick – covering a total of nearly 150 square miles.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the environment transport and sustainability committee of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “I’ve always been struck by the pride local people have in our special environment, so I’m delighted that we’ve been granted what I see as the natural equivalent of a world heritage site.

“It’s about more than just the green spaces over in the national park, and mitigating against climate change – but also about increasing biodiversity within our city for all our benefit.

“We’re already encouraging wildlife in our parks and green spaces, for example, but our ongoing work and the attention this award brings will attract visitors and investment to our region.”

This declaration means the area joins a global network of more than 600 other Biospheres in more than 100 counties and is one of only a handful worldwide to include a city.

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11:18am Thu 12 Jun 14

gheese77 says...

This is great news, well done to Chris Todd *& those concerned I know they work hard - You see more wildlife on the downs than you did 20 years ago, especially birds of prey. Long may it continue.
This is great news, well done to Chris Todd *& those concerned I know they work hard - You see more wildlife on the downs than you did 20 years ago, especially birds of prey. Long may it continue. gheese77
  • Score: 6

11:34am Thu 12 Jun 14

pachallis says...

It does indeed look a great honour for the area – being recognised as a beautifully natural area of the country – but I don’t understand what it will actually means for residents and businesses in the area?

I can appreciate that it will be a real benefit for tourism in having the title, but will there be new organisations created to review/approve/rejec
t all changes and plans in the biosphere?

Or will it be a new buzzword for various campaigners to use? For example, “you can’t do …. because we’re a biosphere!”?

Will there be (hopefully) more emphasis on protecting the environment – such as councils doing more to stop travellers ruining green spaces?

I’d just like to see a lot more about what this award really means.
It does indeed look a great honour for the area – being recognised as a beautifully natural area of the country – but I don’t understand what it will actually means for residents and businesses in the area? I can appreciate that it will be a real benefit for tourism in having the title, but will there be new organisations created to review/approve/rejec t all changes and plans in the biosphere? Or will it be a new buzzword for various campaigners to use? For example, “you can’t do …. because we’re a biosphere!”? Will there be (hopefully) more emphasis on protecting the environment – such as councils doing more to stop travellers ruining green spaces? I’d just like to see a lot more about what this award really means. pachallis
  • Score: 10

12:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

billy goat-gruff says...

The next challenge is to get those pollution levels down!
The next challenge is to get those pollution levels down! billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Thu 12 Jun 14

brighton bluenose says...

pachallis wrote:
It does indeed look a great honour for the area – being recognised as a beautifully natural area of the country – but I don’t understand what it will actually means for residents and businesses in the area?

I can appreciate that it will be a real benefit for tourism in having the title, but will there be new organisations created to review/approve/rejec

t all changes and plans in the biosphere?

Or will it be a new buzzword for various campaigners to use? For example, “you can’t do …. because we’re a biosphere!”?

Will there be (hopefully) more emphasis on protecting the environment – such as councils doing more to stop travellers ruining green spaces?

I’d just like to see a lot more about what this award really means.
Do you EVER stop whining?!!
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: It does indeed look a great honour for the area – being recognised as a beautifully natural area of the country – but I don’t understand what it will actually means for residents and businesses in the area? I can appreciate that it will be a real benefit for tourism in having the title, but will there be new organisations created to review/approve/rejec t all changes and plans in the biosphere? Or will it be a new buzzword for various campaigners to use? For example, “you can’t do …. because we’re a biosphere!”? Will there be (hopefully) more emphasis on protecting the environment – such as councils doing more to stop travellers ruining green spaces? I’d just like to see a lot more about what this award really means.[/p][/quote]Do you EVER stop whining?!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -10

1:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pachallis says...

@brighton bluenose - so saying that I think it is good, but questioning what it actually means is whining is it?

You Official Green Party spokespersons shouldn't be so paranoid!
@brighton bluenose - so saying that I think it is good, but questioning what it actually means is whining is it? You Official Green Party spokespersons shouldn't be so paranoid! pachallis
  • Score: 9

2:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

pachallis wrote:
@brighton bluenose - so saying that I think it is good, but questioning what it actually means is whining is it?

You Official Green Party spokespersons shouldn't be so paranoid!
Bluenose wasn't intelligent enough to discuss your points.
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: @brighton bluenose - so saying that I think it is good, but questioning what it actually means is whining is it? You Official Green Party spokespersons shouldn't be so paranoid![/p][/quote]Bluenose wasn't intelligent enough to discuss your points. Gary1965
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pachallis says...

Gary1965 wrote:
pachallis wrote:
@brighton bluenose - so saying that I think it is good, but questioning what it actually means is whining is it?

You Official Green Party spokespersons shouldn't be so paranoid!
Bluenose wasn't intelligent enough to discuss your points.
@Gary1965 - thanks - it's the calibre of response I've come to expect from Official Green Party Spokespersons!

I just hope someone know what it actually means - the Green South East MEP said a lot of words on the BBC South East News last night, but even the presenter wasn't sure what the concept meant. One guy thought it will be easier for them to get funding for environmental projects.
[quote][p][bold]Gary1965[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: @brighton bluenose - so saying that I think it is good, but questioning what it actually means is whining is it? You Official Green Party spokespersons shouldn't be so paranoid![/p][/quote]Bluenose wasn't intelligent enough to discuss your points.[/p][/quote]@Gary1965 - thanks - it's the calibre of response I've come to expect from Official Green Party Spokespersons! I just hope someone know what it actually means - the Green South East MEP said a lot of words on the BBC South East News last night, but even the presenter wasn't sure what the concept meant. One guy thought it will be easier for them to get funding for environmental projects. pachallis
  • Score: 7

4:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

We love Red Billy says...

Just clean our streets and fill the potholes please before we go in for more green frippery. #politicalchamberpot
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Just clean our streets and fill the potholes please before we go in for more green frippery. #politicalchamberpot s We love Red Billy
  • Score: 6

6:07pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

Er......shouldn't 'Downs' have a capital 'd'?
Er......shouldn't 'Downs' have a capital 'd'? Gary1965
  • Score: 2

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