UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man

Who is involved?

Our list of project partners is growing rapidly and encompasses businesses, schools, charities and community groups across the Island.


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AstroManx is pleased to be involved with the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project and recognises that
• In the Isle of Man the awareness of our natural environment encompasses not just our beautiful landscape and maritime environment but also covers the wonders and clarity of our stunning Manx Night skies. The Isle of Man now been formally acknowledged in January 2014 with Dark Sky Discovery status with 26 sites.
• This means that the Isle of Man skies have a higher concentration of Dark Sky Sites, with 26 Dark Sky Sites than any other area in not just the British Isles, but in Europe.
• On the Island, the Milky Way has been known in Manx Gaelic as “Raad Mooar re Gorry” or the “Great Way of King Orry” commemorating the landing of King Orry in the late 11th century.
• The popular and stunning phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights can also be seen from Manx shores on many occasions, far more southerly than is often the case.
• From not just the dark sky sites, Manx stargazers can see some amazing sights in our night skies. With the naked eye, you can clearly see the Milky Way, a sight often unseen on the adjacent Isles. The Orion Nebula - some 1500 light years away, and the Milky Way’s companion galaxy the Great Andromeda Galaxy, the light from which has been on its way to us for about 2.5 million years. The best equipment for stargazing is the naked eye, just look up and marvel at the sights, but with the aid of binoculars or a telescope our Manx night skies can be quite spectacular.
• Amateur and hobby astronomers continue to be enthralled by the quality of the night sky and are delighted to share this experience with other locals and visitors.


Netcetera is pleased to be involved in the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project. We feel that being a greener business actually makes a lot of sense for us commercially it also makes
commercial sense for businesses too;
● Energy efficient technology with cold aisle technology and ecocooling giving a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) rating of 1.12 with our energy savings passed directly onto our customers
● 100% Carbon Zero Commitment for all our electricity
● We help businesses go Green at no extra cost
● Management Systems to audited standards for Environmental Management ISO14001, Information Security ISO27001 and Quality Management ISO9001.
● The Dataport, owned and operated by Netcetera is the only Carbon Zero Datacentre on the Isle of Man (and one of only a small number in the UK and Europe)
● We offer a Global Service to customers in over 75 countries worldwide
● Onsite Business Recovery Centre providing an all round backup solution for businesses big and small
● Over 1.5 million kilos of CO2 emissions saved to date through our use of hydroelectric power and energy efficient modern technology
● Tailormade carbon zero solutions to meet your requirements
● 24/7 technical customer support
● Sustainable development - Futureproof, scalable new hosting floor with 96 high density racks
● Security, longevity and trust - Netcetera has delivered an excellent service for almost 20 years

Manx Fish Producers Organisation
Manx Fish Producers Organisation

The Manx Fish Producers Organisation has probably been more proactive than any other scalloping organisation in the British Isles in promoting sustainability in its main fisheries of scallop dredging and queenie trawling. The fishermen have supported and indeed driven such technical conservation measures as the current spread of gear and the curfews that have helped to ensure a healthier fishery over the years. There is also a healthy market for Manx pot caught lobster and crab.
It is hoped the UNESCO Biosphere accolade will further help the fishery industry to increase its credibility in its sustainability efforts, and attract customers to its catches.

Manx National Farmers Union
Manx NFU - Business Partner

The Manx NFU works to create a strong agricultural economy on the Isle of Man for our members and to provide a reliable, sustainable and secure food supply for the Manx people. We represent farmers from the majority of farm businesses on the Island.
It is intriguing how sites in Germany and Switzerland used the UNESCO Biosphere accolade to help their local food and tourism sectors - we hope the same will apply to the Isle of Man.

Groudle Glen Cottages

Groudle fulfils the Biosphere IOM Pledge by:
• protect our natural resources: Groudle Glen Limited look after a large section of Groudle Glen. Part of Groudle Glen is privately owned but a licenced foot path agreement allows the public to use the pathways that connect to the upper glen (in public ownership) and to access Groudle Railway.
• develop our economy in a sustainable way: ongoing. Active in advising our guests about the island and things to do when they are visiting the Isle of Man.
• support and promote our cultural heritage: We have worked with local artists in developing the “Art in the Glen Project” which to date has seen the Groudle Wizard appear! This is the first piece in a planned “art trail” around the glen. It is a seven foot high wooden wizard carved by local artist Nick Barlow.
• make our environmental impact positive wherever possible: working towards making Groudle Cottages more “green”. Support Beach Buddies.
• engage with the local community: allowing access to Groudle Glen, supporting Groudle Railway on our land and working with local sports organisations in using the glen and cliffs. Supporting local charities.
• promote our outstanding living landscape and seascape through active involvement with Biosphere Isle of Man: ongoing.


Microgaming PlayItForward is a community-driven initiative that focuses on the social pillars of health, charity, sport and education.

Launched in 2014 by world-leading software company, Microgaming, the Isle of Man based project aims to change the game for place and people.

Douglas Town Centre Management and DDP
Douglas Town Centre Management

DDP and Douglas Town Centre Management have suppported economic regeneration and community involvement in many ways, for example;
• Douglas Town Centre Regeneration; The Development Partnership co-ordinated the initial design concept stage. This involved analysing local materials, culture and heritage in order to develop a design language that recognises Douglas as the island’s capital. Of particular note is the “Colours of Mann” project, which collated three palettes of colours from the land, sea and sky around Douglas to be used within the project to ensure that the urban environment reflects the natural colours around it.
• Douglas Cycle Study; This is a project undertaken on our behalf by a STEP student to assess the cycle friendliness of Douglas and propose ways of encouraging increased use of cycling as a means of transport.
• In 2014 were very pleased to welcome the Isle of Man Farmers’ Market to hold regular markets in the town centre to assist shoppers to purchase local produce. In a similar vein the Isle of Man Craft Guild also now hold fortnightly craft fairs in the town centre selling locally crafted goods.
• The Partnership’s event programme aims to reflect important dates in the Manx Calendar such as Hop-tu-Naa, where participants can carve turnip lanterns and learn and local traditions.
• The Tower of Refuge Walk has become an annual event that takes place on one of the lowest spring tides, when participants can walk out safely to the Tower of Refuge. In addition to responding to the seasonal rhythm of the tides, the event raises money for the RNLI, which was first established in Douglas and celebrates its founder Sir Willliam Hillary who masterminded the construction of the tower.

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Dot Performance

DotPerformance is a digital agency here to help Isle of Man businesses and organisations expand their operations into new markets and increase their operational efficiencies using a digital/Internet first approach. Experts in the production of digital marketing campaigns, websites and web applications, DotPerformance helped to produce the digital presence of the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project.

Notable projects include bespoke web applications for smart metering and software to run the first 100% solar powered country in the world, in this case New Zealand!

Isle of Man Creamery

Our Creamery is at the very heart of the Isle of Man community. We are a co-operative of family owned dairy farms, whose farm-assured herds supply the purest milk – farm fresh.
All milk travels less than 15 miles from farm to Creamery - low food miles guaranteed.
The experienced cheese makers at the Creamery only use locally sourced milk to make our Award-Winning range of cheeses, which reflect the traditional skills and long culinary heritage of our enchanting island.

Manx Telecom

Manx Telecom is an important telecom business in the island, find out more at their website.

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Sign up to the UNESCO Biosphere ISLE OF MAN pledge

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is open to everyone. You are welcome to be involved, providing you support the principles outlined in The Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge. This is the pledge that our partners have signed up to. Encapsulating the aims of the project, this is the Pledge that all our partners sign up to.

If you are interested in being involved as a business, you’ll find more information about the benefits of being a partner and how it all works in the Project Partners Guidelines for Businesses and also for Schools, Community Groups and Charities.

To apply to become a Partner and Supporter of UBIOM, please fill in this application form, and help us to tell others what you are so proud of, and keep us updated about how you will get even better.

Download the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge