Young adults are invited to apply to represent the Isle of Man at a major global youth forum discussing sustainability.
The event, being held in Italy from 18th-23rd September, will bring together 18 to 35-year olds from UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) regions.
The Island was admitted to the MAB world network of Biosphere regions last year, in recognition that it is ‘a special place for people and nature’.
The Island's status as a UNESCO Biosphere Region greatly enhances its reputation as a special place to live, work and visit.
That is the message from Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK, who today chaired the first meeting of a group that will ensure the Island gains maximum benefit from UNESCO’s recognition.
Minister Boot commented, "The Post Office really embraced the spirit of our UNESCO recognition by their proactive approach to developing a series of stamps which will not only raise international awareness of our achievement but also serve as a powerful and graphic reminder to the Island community that we live and work in a special place."
It will be a very welcome addition to the existing partner organisations from industry and commerce. charities and Government.
Mr Boot also mentioned, "The presentation of a beautiful framed set of the stamps as a thank you to the secretary of the UNESCO global Man and Biosphere network during his visit to confirm the Islands membership was one of the highlights of his visit and he made it clear that it was a superb example of why they were so excited about what the Island will do to promote the objectives of the Man and Biosphere programme – I am assured the stamps have pride of place on his office wall in Paris."
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Simon Reeve will discuss topics such as the value of the great outdoors, conservation, responsible tourism, and more. Simon will share inspirational tales of his travels in an informal interview at the Conference.
The Secretary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme will formally inaugurate the Isle of Man into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
At an event at the Manx Museum on Tuesday 1 November, Mr Han Qunli will present Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK with a certificate marking the Island’s achievement.
The accolade – which was the result of two years’ work compiling a weighty submission – recognises that the Island is a ‘special place for people and nature’.
The Island is the only entire jurisdiction in the world to hold Biosphere Reserve status.
‘The gathering allowed Biosphere Reserve managers to share experiences and build capacities for climate change adaption and working towards more sustainable development,’ Mr Longworth said.
‘We discussed climate change impacts on island and coastal regions and good practices; ecotourism and eco-education programmes; regional marketing for Biosphere Reserves and management policy.
‘I updated the gathering on the role the Island has pledged to play in tackling climate challenges via two major strategies that Tynwald approved in July.’