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?

Curious to learn what makes Noosa a special place to live and visit as a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve? Watch this short video as we explain. Special thanks to Tourism Noosa for creating this #EntertheBiosphere video with us.

Noosa Biosphere Awards

The Noosa Biosphere Awards celebrates the individuals, businesses and organisations implementing local solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development and addressing climate change. The 2021 Winners were announced at the Noosa Biosphere Gala on 2 November.

Big Ideas for the Future

We enable big idea projects through research, fundraising, advocacy and action, to enhance biodiversity conservation and promote sustainable living in Noosa. We have Big Ideas but we need your support to make them happen. Your contribution will help us continue our work and provide seed-funding to projects which protect, preserve and enhance the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

A Global Network

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve is part of a global network of more than 700 sites in 122 countries around the world, 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.

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Transformational Projects

We fund and support transformational projects that progress the global aims of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. We partner with research institutes, conservation groups and community on projects and initiatives that protect biodiversity and enhance the Noosa Biosphere Reserve lived experience.

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.

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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