About Biospheres

In 2007 Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Biosphere Reserves are sites that:

  • demonstrate innovative approaches to conservation and sustainable development;
  • share their experience and ideas regionally, nationally and internationally within a world network of biosphere reserves; and
  • go beyond confined protected areas to where sustainable economic development is made possible through partnerships with its community.

Biosphere Reserves develop quality economies based on local community action and entrepreneurship, sound science, public-private sector partnerships and networking.

They provide living laboratories to experiment with and showcase various approaches to sustainable development that are culturally relevant to local communities.

There are over 550 biosphere reserves in 102 countries.

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