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2018 Year of Our Island - special place to live and work

The ‘Year of Our Island’ brings together existing and new events and activities to help more people understand what makes the Isle of Man so special and encourage people to explore more, do more, get involved more, and share more.

The Isle of Man is a special place for people and nature and 2018 is a year to celebrate our Island and our connection to it.

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UBIOM Champion sought

We invite proposals for the delivery of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man communications and co-ordination support for a period of 18 months (with the possibility of extension), starting as soon as possible.
It has been acknowledged that now the Isle of Man has this prestigious accolade, there is great potential to develop diverse opportunities to use the UNESCO Biosphere status to raise local and international awareness of the Isle of Man as a special place to live,work and visit.
The contractor will act as UBIOM's champion and ensure that benefits associated with the Isle of Man's recognition by UNESCO are identified and delivered.

Ruth, Alfie and Graihagh will be attending UNESCO forum

Young adults represent Island with pride at UNESCO Biosphere forum

Three young adults will represent the Isle of Man with pride at the first ever UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Youth Forum.
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 throughout the world to discuss sustainability.
Maximising the Biosphere status will enhance the Island’s economy, environment and community, the Programme for Government emphasises.

 Save the Dates: Po Delta Biosphere Reserve, Italy. 18‐23 September 2017

Young adults invited to represent Island at UNESCO Biosphere forum

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’.

Left to right:   Richard Lole Chief Executive Officer in DEFA, Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK,  DEFA Minister Geoffrey Boot and Peter Longworth Environmental Protection Officer

Chief Minister outlines benefits to Island of UNESCO Biosphere status

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.

Isle of Man Post Office

Isle of Man Post Office becomes Partner of UBIOM

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."

World Network Membership

World Network Member

We were tremendously honoured to welcome Han Qunli from Paris, UNESCO HQ to formally welcome the Isle of Man into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

The Isle of Man is the first entire jurisdiction to receive this prestigious accolade.

Europa Stamp - Think Green

Biosphere Isle of Man - Think Green

Isle of Man Post issue the latest stamp collection celebrating the Isle of Man's UNESCO world biosphere region status

Nearly 60 different special places for people

Royal Manx Show - Special Places

Locals and visitors showed us where they though was special to them, very widespread and close to all of us, which is great to hear and see.

Energy Award Winners

2016 Energy Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Energy Awards were announced this week with strong entries from a number of private sector companies and the public sector.

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