Firstly, thank you if you were one of the almost 1,800 people who took part in our public consultation earlier this year and took the opportunity to have your say in our proposal to be recognised as an international Biosphere area. We are delighted to report that 94% of people support our plans to become a UNESCO Biosphere, with a good spread of views from across our proposed area (especially Brighton & Hove and Lewes). We are now analysing what people have said about: - what they value most, and - what improvements they want to see in our local environment We will then use this to help guide our work as a future Biosphere area. In summary the key elements identified are:
- Present values: wildlife habitats and key species present in our 3 environments of rural, coastal and urban areas; the accessibility of the local environment; and the health and wellbeing benefits of access and recreation outdoors.
- Future improvements (suggested): more sustainable transport options for our local area; dealing better with waste; increasing public awareness and engagement with nature, and environmental education; further nature conservation work; and more local and sustainable food and economic opportunities.