In March 2016 the Isle of Man was awarded status as a UNESCO World Biosphere Region. The Island is the only entire jurisdiction in the world to be awarded this prestigious title and this status recognises the way in which the Island’s population exists alongside a plethora of diverse natural habitats.
The Isle of Man prides itself on this award and is committed to the conservation of not only nature and wildlife, but also our culture, heritage and communities. Specific initiatives range from marine conservation to safeguarding our flora and fauna to enhancing urban spaces.
Through this status UNESCO has recognised the Isle of Man’s achievements in natural, historic and cultural conservation, environmentally sensitive economic development and the Island’s continuing commitment to education.
The Isle of Man aims to develop, maintain and improve the Island’s infrastructure and economy in ways that respect and support the amazing natural environment. Introducing energy-saving measures, supporting local produce and minimising waste are just three examples of this ongoing work.
Learning is a key part of what makes the Isle of Man so special and local people are encourage to become actively involved in keeping it that way. This will see a whole range of projects being highlighted and shared through education and community networks.
With such a prestigious award comes the promise of wonderful scenery and views as well as a mass of marine life, birdlife and wildlife which can be seen across this Island’s landscape all year round. The Island’s heritage sites showcase the roots of the Isle of Man and cover more than 10,000 years of fascinating Manx history.
The Isle of Man is extremely proud of this status and welcome visitors from around the world to discover the Isle of Man’s undeniable tranquillity and beauty.
Find out more about the Isle of Man’s Biosphere status here