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UNESCO Biosphere reserve declaration and business opportunities. A presentation by Anne Lawrence to the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce in Feb 2011.

UNESCO Biosphere reserve declaration and business opportunities. A presentation by Anne Lawrence to the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce in Feb 2011.

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  • Includes 3km strip of adjacent off shore waters – includes farms, towns, bushlands, national parks, coastlines and much of the Noosa River Catchment.
  • There are approximately 10 volunteer Board members per sector board, meeting once every six weeks formally, and more frequently on an informal basis.
  • REMBER THAT MAP! The hinterland is integral to the Noosa Biosphere reserve.
  • As we are talking with the Chamber of Commerce – Business oriented audience!
  • Discuss here that this allows us to bring $s into the region and having this event also assisted in getting the Healthy Cities conference to town Opportunity to showcase to the world what is great about the region. We have heaps of opportunities both large and small for sponsorships and sharing your business success Love to see them there
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  • Cooroy Chamber presentation February 2011 www.noosabiosphere.org.au
  • What is a Biosphere?
    • UNESCO designation - designed to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans and the environment
      • Focus on conservation, sustainable development and learning
      • Over 560 biospheres exist worldwide
    • A celebration of a community that attempts to live in a sustainable manner
    • Some think of it as World Heritage Status without the rules and regulations
    • UNESCO = United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation
  • What is a Biosphere? (continued)
    • There is no “one sized fits all” model of a biosphere ... each is different – however core aims include:
        • Conservation
        • Sustainable development
        • Logistics support [learning]
    • Additionally, UNESCO’s Madrid Action Plan 2008 focuses Biosphere plans for 2008-2013 on:
        • Accelerated climate change with consequences for societies and ecosystems;
        • Accelerated loss of biological and cultural diversity with unexpected consequences that impact the ability of ecosystems to continue to provide services critical for human wellbeing;
        • Rapid urbanisation as a driver of environmental change.
  • Noosa region achieved biosphere status in September 2007
    • The Noosa Biosphere area is based on the local government boundary of the former Noosa Shire, and the adjacent coastal waters to 3 kilometres offshore.
    • It was the first Biosphere in Queensland ... now joined by the Great Sandy Biosphere
    • The total permanent population within the Biosphere Reserve is approximately 50,000 people, with a seasonal population of up to 65,000.
    • There is a diverse mix of coastal and hinterland communities!
  • 1500 sq kilometres: former Noosa Shire Boundaries
  • Why Noosa?
    • UNESCO in declaring the Noosa Biosphere Reserve particularly noted:
      • “ a sophisticated level of human settlement and a high level of inter-relationship with the natural environment.”
      • “ the strong sense of community involvement and community co-ordination over a broad range of human settlement and natural environment issues.”
    • An important component was the Noosa Planning Scheme which had been adopted by the former Noosa Council.
  • Noosa Biosphere Limited was established in December 2008
    • Noosa Biosphere’s organisational focus is through Noosa Biosphere Limited (NBL) with links to UNESCO MAB secretariat in Paris.
      • NBL is a company owned by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and directed by a 9 member board drawn from the community, sector boards and Council.
    • NBL’s role is to foster partnerships with Noosa organisations , businesses and community to help create a sustainable Noosa.
    • NBL has no legislative powers
    • MaB = Man and the Biosphere , which is the official program name within UNESCO
  • VISION
    • “ Your Noosa Biosphere will be a learning community that cultivates harmony between people and nature, for both conservation and sustainable development.”
    We define sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  • Six volunteer community boards operating under the Noosa Biosphere Limited umbrella NBL - Governance Board Social Board Economic Board Education, Research and Development Board Tourism Noosa Environment Board Cultural Board
  • Why do we all volunteer so hard?
    • Opportunity to leverage the credibility of the UNESCO designation to benefit the entire region .
    • Engage the community on the core aims of a Biosphere – conservation, sustainability and education/learning.
    • Partner with like minded organisations to achieve real outcomes for our community.
    • Link education providers, business and the community
    • Assist current businesses as well as assist in the attraction of new sustainable businesses to the region – with an increased focus on low impact, high value sectors.
    • Make the Noosa region the natural place for conversations on sustainability
  • Example of projects underway / completed
    • Establishment of an Australian Biospheres Network including Great Sandy and Mornington Peninsular
    • Benchmarking the Biosphere “State of the Environment” style report being collated
    • Community climate change adaptation initiative - COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SERIES x 3 (one recently held in Pomona)
    • Voices of the Biosphere – community radio weekly program
    • Powerlink / PAGE negotiations
    • Schools competitions
    • Working with Cambodian biospheres
    • Social accounting and systems mapping workshops
  • Projects Underway (continued).
    • Submissions on major planning issues (to Govt) and other issues of community significance
    • September 2010 Biosphere Day – MAJOR EVENT / community celebration
    • July 2011 major CONFERENCE on Sustainability & Community Resilience
    • Working with SCRC on Natural Advantage business attraction campaign including ECOBIZ
    • Preliminary work on a sustainability portal / learning hub.
    • Management of the Noosa Community Environment Trust
    • Schools partnership and joint research proposals with Universities
  • The Noosa Hinterland is important !
  • COOROY SPECIFIC EXAMPLES
    • Cooroy / Hinterland residents currently volunteering:
      • Phil Moran (Gov. Board), Greg Dinsey (Economic Board), Tamsin Kerr (Cultural Board), Tim Vercoe (ER&D Board), Celia Jones (Social Board), Ron Nissen (Economic) and many more.
    • Climate Action project workshop held in Pomona last year – focusing on regional communities
    • “ Biosphere Project” examples include those demonstrating Biosphere principles with multi-party collaboration.
      • i.e. partnerships involved in Lower Mill Board re-generation (Landcare role within Noosa Biosphere)
      • i.e. NICA monitoring quality of Cooroy stormwater and running an education program in the region (NICA role within Noosa Biosphere)
  • Specifically, Economic Sector Board projects include:
    • Economic directions discussion paper – with a focus on the population cap / sustainable development limit
    • Sponsorship of Queensland Business Icon 2010
    • Business support for both traditional businesses and green/eco cluster - business attraction strategies (Natural Advantage)
    • 24-26 th July 2011 MAJOR conference on Communities for Sustainable Futures
    • Preliminary work with partners on a sustainability portal / learning hub / business accreditation
    • Scoping Business accreditation schemes
    • Partnering with Ecobiz on championing green business initiatives that save businesses money!
  • 24-27 July 2011 Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa
  • Communities for Sustainable Futures
    • Major international conference aimed at business, community and thought leaders and policy makers.
    • Key speakers include: Chair of Aldersgate Group , Founder of Beyond Zero Emissions, and many others.
    • Our aim is to demystify the concept of Sustainability where delegates will –
      • Gain the latest and best approaches to sustainability thinking from International and Australian experts
      • Understand the magnitude of the challenges facing the planet and the opportunities those challenges create – including creating RESILIENT communities.
      • Build networks with policy makers, experts, practitioners and peers
      • See sustainability in practice in workshops and field trips
    www.astmanagement.com.au/csf2011
  • What you as a business can do now:
    • Become an ecoBiz partner.
    • Seek out practical measures to boost the sustainability of your business.
    • Think about choosing to do business with other environmentally and civic minded local businesses. Think local first!
    • Support CleanTech businesses from the region (new and emerging ‘green’ industry sectors).
    • Be part of Biosphere activities … spread the word
    • Volunteer
    • Follow our activities on the web www.noosabiosphere.org.au
  • Some useful resources / interesting sites
    • www.noosabiosphere.org.au
    • www.sd-commission.org.uk
    • www.wbcsd.org
    • www.business.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
    • www.derm.qld.gov.au/ecobiz
    • www.usc.edu.au/University/AcademicFaculties/Science/Research/SustainabilityResearchCentre/
  • THANK YOU: It’s all about working together for a sustainable future!