Entries are invited for the 2023 UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Awards, which will celebrate the benefits of working together for a sustainable future.
Individuals and organisations can enter by sharing the details of a project or initiative they have delivered that promotes sustainability in six categories – economy, education, energy, engagement, enjoyment and environment.
Clare Barber MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture and Vice-chair of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, said: ‘The awards showcase and celebrate those doing good work right across our Biosphere.
‘They hopefully encourage others to carry out similar innovative and impactful projects.
‘It’s free and easy to enter the awards and I encourage as many individuals and organisations as possible to get involved.’
Entries can be made via the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man website. If anyone needs assistance entering, please contact the Biosphere team via Biosphere@gov.im or on 686080.
Entries must be received by 11th August 2023 and will be judged by a panel of experts on their innovation and impact.
Entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony in Douglas on 11th October, where all entries will receive a mention and the winners will be announced.
Winners receive a trophy, a certificate and a special logo that can be used on promotional material and social media.
A promotional video, featuring last year’s winners, Capital International (economy), One World Centre (education), Zurich Isle of Man (energy), Versa (enjoyment/engagement – this year two separate categories) and the Manx farming community/Agri-Environment Scheme (environment), can be watched here.
The awards support UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man’s strategy ‘Working Together for a Sustainable Future’.
The categories in more detail:
Economy: please enter projects and initiatives that have contributed to our UNESCO Biosphere’s economy in a sustainable way.
Education: please enter projects and initiatives that educate and inform people about sustainable living in our UNESCO Biosphere.
Energy: please enter projects that promote greener energy usage and energy saving, in line with our UNESCO Biosphere’s climate change commitment.
Engagement: please enter projects and initiatives that contribute to getting involved with our UNESCO Biosphere.
Enjoyment: please enter projects and initiatives that contribute to enjoying living and working in our UNESCO Biosphere.
Environment: please enter project and initiatives that conserve, restore and enhance the natural and built environment of our UNESCO Biosphere.