What we already do

What are we already doing?
What are we already doing?
  • Links with other Biospheres:

    The Isle of Man inputs into, and exchanges ideas at, global UNESCO gatherings and initiatives such as EuroMAB and the MAB Youth Forum. It is a member of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves and participates, with other islands, in its Zero Plastic Working Group.

  • Partnership scheme:

    Organisations take the Biosphere Pledge and become Partners of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, supporting its aims.

  • Biosphere Awards:

    Our annual awards reward effort across our community to find innovative, impactful solutions to the challenges of how to live sustainably.

  • Refill Isle of Man:

    UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man runs Refill Isle of Man, encouraging publicly accessible premises to offer tap water and other refills to those with reusable bottles and containers, reducing plastic use and pollution and keeping people hydrated. Refill is a scheme of the charity City to Sea.

  • Biosphere Lecture:

    We invite guest lecturers to deliver public lectures that promote Biosphere and sustainability. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor Peter Bridgewater.

  • Cultural collaborations:

    UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man works with partners to develop cultural projects that capture the story of our Biosphere.

  • Girlguiding Isle of Man and Scout Association of the Isle of Man Biosphere Badges:

    The organisations’ members of all ages work towards their ‘Biosphere Badge’ by carrying out tasks related to the Global Goals.

  • SDG Book Club:

    The club was launched by the United Nations to develop young people’s involvement in delivering the Global Goals. UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is providing a complete set of 17 books to all primary schools.

  • Poetry Map:

    UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man collaborated with the Manx Bard and Culture Vannin to create an online Poetry Map of the Isle of Man, one of several cultural collaborations.

  • Support research:

    UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man supports students researching the principles of living more sustainably.

  • Events:

    UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man attends events across the Island at which we promote sustainable living.

  • Communications:

    UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man’s monthly newsletter, its website, its social media channels, its work with traditional media and its public talks convey the work going on within the Biosphere and inspire others to get involved.


If you love the Isle of Man and want to help keep it special, there are a variety of ways to get involved in UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man projects. Here are a few suggestions.

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