We all know the Isle of Wight is a great location to visit for many unique reasons, but did you know that UNESCO recognised the Island as a Biosphere Reserve status in 2019? A few minutes after your ferry departs, you will enter the biosphere – thanks to the strong environmental values and innovation, that has made the Isle of Wight one of seven biosphere reserves in the UK.
The definition for biosphere reserve is an area that has been recognised for the sustainable ways the local community work with their natural environment. The title is awarded to locations across the world.
This is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), meaning that the Isle of Wight is now part of a worldwide network of biosphere zones.
The difference between a biosphere reserve and national parks or wildlife sanctuaries is that human activity on the area is less restricted.
The Island is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Combining these two accolades highlights the Island as a true champion of environmental significance.
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The Isle of of Wight is one of seven locations recognised as biosphere reserves. Here is the list of areas with links for more biosphere information:
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