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Sunshine Coast becomes a UNESCO biosphere


The Sunshine Coast has officially been recognised internationally as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Biosphere reserves are ‘learning places for sustainable development’. They are sites for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity.

There are currently 738 biosphere reserves in 134 countries, including 22 transboundary sites

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says recognition is a truly historic moment for the Sunshine Coast.

“I am very proud to live and work in a region that has now become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, as we continue to celebrate people and nature,” Cr Jamieson says.

“Committing to being a biosphere ensures people on the Sunshine Coast can be confident their council and their broader community respect the environment and understand their place living within it.


Sunshine Coast Council environment and liveability spokesperson Maria Suarez says joining the network of UNSECO Biosphere reserves is a significant program to be part of.

“This designation supports our commitment to remain future focused and how each of us can contribute to a sustainable region as we live, work and play on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Suarez says.

“Being a biosphere also has a range of benefits, particularly for our tourism and agriculture industries as our biosphere designation could support a sustainable ‘Produced on the Sunshine Coast’ brand which increases the value of products and services.

“With this designation, our region has the potential to become a magnet for others from around the world who want to buy from and visit a region that focuses on sustainability.


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