UNESCO in England – 101 Treasures for the Nation

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A new publication UNESCO in England demonstrates how England’s 101 UNESCO sites and projects support the country’s prosperity, capital, wellbeing and environment – contributing £79 million to the economy annually.

Produced by the UK National Commission for UNESCO, the report profiles how each of the different UNESCO designations – from Biosphere Reserves to World Heritage Sites – help to further conservation, community engagement, education, and nurture talent locally and internationally.

Together they help contribute to the shared goal of creating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication, and support the UK’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the international framework for action to create a better world.

The Living Coast – designated as the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere since 2014 – is highlighted first amongst the 101 UNESCO England initiatives, illustrating our case studies of good practice in topics ranging from conservation to community engagement and education. Our sister site in England, the North Devon Biosphere, similarly demonstrates its pioneering practice in the fields of conservation and research.

Beyond Biospheres, other UNESCO site designations in England range from the stunning landscape of the Lake District to the internationally-significant geology of the North Pennines, and include:

- World Heritage Sites – such as the Jurassic Coast, of Dorset and East Devon

- Global Geoparks – such as the English Riviera in Devon

- Creative Cities – such as Liverpool, UNESCO City of Music

- Memory of the World – such as the 1215 Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral

Also featured in the report are UNESCO Chairs & UNITWIN Networks of world-leading experts in our universities, as well as our role in the International Hydrological Programme, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commissions, and L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women In Science programme.

Across the UK as a whole, a total of 151 UNESCO sites and projects are active including more amazing places to uncover in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Why not get to know our national treasures better this year, on screen and then in person?
Discover UNESCO near you! https://www.unesco.org.uk/unesco-in-the-uk/

Meanwhile, closer to home, make sure you check out our 'Explore The Living Coast' interactive map to uncover our own hidden gems!

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