Biosphere Isle of Man

What does being a Biosphere mean for the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man has outstanding landscapes, incredible biodiversity, a robust economy, a rich heritage, a strong and varied culture and an outstanding sense of community.

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Our UNESCO Biosphere status encourages us to learn about and cherish what we have in the Isle of Man and safeguard it for the future by making good decisions, as individuals, as organisations and as an Island.

It tells potential new residents and visitors that we are a special place and are dedicated to keeping it that way.

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is not enshrined in legislation and has no ‘powers’. Instead, it is an influencer and a mechanism to prompt interest, care and action.

It’s sometimes stated that our Biosphere status means development can’t happen. However, the Biosphere Programme is about balance, and progression to a more sustainable future, not about prohibition.

Although Biosphere sits in, and is funded from within, the Isle of Man Government's Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, it belongs to the whole community.

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is governed by a Stakeholder Partnership Group, chaired by the Isle of Man’s Chief Minister and with membership from tourism, farming, conservation, education, commerce, culture, heritage, NGOs and the charitable sector.

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man will undergo a periodic review (reaccreditation) by UNESCO in 2026.