Noosa Biosphere Reserve – A celebration of community and environment

Welcome to the Noosa Biosphere Reserve

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a celebration of community and environment. Since 2007, the Noosa Shire has held UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. It recognises the ongoing efforts of the Noosa community to manage the region’s land, waters and wildlife sustainably, in balance with its urban population and visitors from across the globe. Together, with more than 700 biosphere reserves around the world, we are working towards the global sustainability goals of the Man and the Biosphere Program and Lima Action Plan.

What is a biosphere reserve?

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve is part of a global network of 738 sites in 134 countries, connected under the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. These sites of excellence are learning laboratories, actively using science and research to trial innovative approaches to maintaining a balance between people and nature. Watch this short video to learn more.

Special thanks to Tourism Noosa for creating this #EntertheBiosphere video with us.

Noosa Biosphere Awards 2023

The Noosa Biosphere Awards are our chance to recognise the individuals, businesses and organisations championing sustainability and making a difference in our community. The Noosa Biosphere Awards celebrate the efforts of those working to address the impacts of climate change and building a smart, healthy and prosperous future within our Noosa Biosphere Reserve. Congratulations to our 2023 Noosa Biosphere Awards Winners and Finalists, read our wrap up of the 2023 event here.

World Class Reputation

Our biosphere reserve status demonstrates to communities around the world how environmental protection lies at the heart of the Noosa community’s prosperity and success.

Support our work

We celebrate our UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status by engaging, inspiring and facilitating partners and community to promote a balance between people and nature. As Noosa’s ambassador for our biosphere reserve designation, we inspire and facilitate new research and projects that enhance biodiversity and promotes sustainable living in the Noosa region. You can support our work and help us grow seed-funding for projects that protect, preserve and enhance the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

Our Priorities

Where protection inspires healthy and prosperous communities.

We aim to achieve this vision by working together on big ideas across these key priority areas.


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