Have your say on the future of The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere

12 July 2023

With 2024 marking the 10-year anniversary of our Biosphere designation, The Living Coast is planning for the next decade.

You can share your thoughts, feedback and wishes for The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere by completing a 10-minute survey

Every Biosphere is unique, and UNESCO recognises our internationally important natural environment, stretching from the Downs to the sea and between the rivers Adur and Ouse. It aims to connect people and nature and you can get involved in events, activities and volunteering opportunities.

What is a biosphere? Biospheres are learning sites for sustainable development, reconciling people and nature through 3 key objectives: 

  • conservation of biodiversity and cultural diversity
  • economic development that is socio-culturally and environmentally sustainable
  • education, training, research, and monitoring

The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere – the numbers

At 390 km2, The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere is home to over 330,000 residents and hosts 12 million visitors each year.

Within The Living Coast, there are 14 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), 2 National Nature Reserves (NNRs), and 1 Marine Conservation Zone.

The Living Coast is a partnership of more than 40 voluntary, conservation, education, local government and private sector organisations, led by Brighton & Hove City Council.

By Sarah Jones

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