Working Together for a Sustainable Future

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man

Foreword to 'Working Together for a Sustainable Future', UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man’s Vision and Strategy, 2021-2026.

Our planet faces sizeable environmental, social and economic challenges that threaten its long-term sustainability. The Isle of Man boasts an enviable economy, outstanding natural environment, unique culture and heritage and is bound together by a strong sense of community. However, it is not immune to these global challenges.

We are an outward-looking nation and are eager to play an important role in tackling these challenges for the benefit of future generations. It was a significant moment for the Isle of Man when, in 2016, it was admitted to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Biospheres connect people to the world around them, prompting awareness, care and action. This has never been more important. Our membership of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme affords us the chance to collaborate with, and learn from, other Biospheres worldwide, and they to learn from us, as we all seek sustainable solutions. We are determined to be active members of the World Network and maximise the unique opportunities our Biosphere status opens up for us. As we mature as a Biosphere, we are now ready to set out our vision and our strategy for how our status will enhance our lives and shape our work here in the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man is a special place and it is important to keep it that way. As we publish this vision and strategy, the Isle of Man is the only ‘entire nation’ Biosphere. Let’s embrace what Biosphere stands for and use it as a platform to work together for a sustainable future.

By Hon Howard Quayle, Chief Minister of the Isle of Man and Chair of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man until October 2021.

(Current Chair is Hon Alf Cannan MHK, Chief Minister since October 2021).

That's my biosphere


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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