Noosa - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve briefing-v2_2010


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Noosa - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve briefing-v2_2010

  1. 1. What is our biosphere?a celebration of community and environment<br />
  2. 2. The Noosa Biosphere<br />
  3. 3. What is a Biosphere?<br />UNESCO designation designed to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans and the environment<br />Focus on conservation, sustainable development and learning<br />Over 560 biospheres exist worldwide <br />Intended to be a testing grounds for actions / experimentation<br />A celebration of a community that attempts to live in a sustainable manner – that works at getting the balance right<br />Some think of it as World Heritage Status without the rules and regulations<br /><ul><li>In some ways it is a reward for past actions and a challenge to us to keep on improving and doing things better.</li></li></ul><li>The Noosa Biosphere<br />
  4. 4. What is a Biosphere? (continued)<br />There is no “one sized fits all” model of a biosphere ... each is different, although there are some over-riding principles / core aims:<br />Conservation<br />Sustainable development<br />Logistics support [learning]<br />Additionally, UNESCO’s Madrid Action Plan 2008 focuses Biosphere plans for 2008-2013 on:<br />Accelerated climate change with consequences for societies and ecosystems;<br />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;<br />Rapid urbanisation as a driver of environmental change.<br />
  5. 5. The Noosa Biosphere<br />
  6. 6. Noosa achieved biosphere status in September 2007<br />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. <br />It was the first Biosphere in Queensland ... now joined by the Great Sandy Biosphere<br />The total permanent population within the Biosphere Reserve is approximately 50,000 people, with a seasonal population of up to 65,000. <br />There is a diverse mix of coastal and hinterland communities<br />
  7. 7. The Noosa Biosphere<br />
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  9. 9. Why Noosa?<br />UNESCO in declaring the Noosa Biosphere Reserve particularly noted:<br />a sophisticated level of human settlement and a high level of inter-relationship with the natural environment<br />the strong sense of community involvement and community co-ordination over a broad range of human settlement and natural environment issues.<br />An important component was the Noosa Planning Scheme which had been adopted by the former Noosa Council.<br />
  10. 10. The Noosa Biosphere<br />
  11. 11. Noosa Biosphere Limited was established in December 2008<br />Noosa Biosphere’s organisational focus is through Noosa Biosphere Limited (NBL) with links to UNESCO MAB secretariat in Paris. <br />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.<br />NBL’s role is to foster partnerships with Noosa organisations , businesses and community to help create a sustainable Noosa. <br />NBL has no legislative powers – it relies on the awareness of the community to change, protect and adapt to sustain <br /> biosphere values and principles<br />
  12. 12. “Your Noosa Biosphere will be a learning community that cultivates harmony between people and nature, for both conservation and sustainable development.”<br />We define sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability<br />of future generations to meet their needs.<br />
  13. 13. There is a main board and 6 sector boards operating under the Noosa Biosphere umbrella<br />Culture Board<br />Economic Board<br />Tourism Noosa<br />Biosphere <br />Governance Board<br />Social Board<br />Education, Research & Development Bd<br />Environment Board<br />
  14. 14. The Noosa Biosphere<br />Michael DonovanChair Noosa Biosphere<br />
  15. 15. “Sites of excellence to explore and demonstrate approaches to conservation and sustainable development on a regional basis”<br />To promote collection, collation, syntheses, and dissemination of lessons learned across the world from more than 30 years of work in the Man and Biosphere program<br />
  16. 16. The Noosa Biosphere<br />
  17. 17. “Pointing the way to a more sustainable future”<br />Linking UNESCO’s research, training and capacity building agenda with issues of conservation and sustainable development, mitigation/response to climate change and socio-economic wellbeing of communities.<br />
  18. 18. The Noosa Biosphere<br />
  19. 19. “Spaces for reconciling people and Nature”<br />Landscape with outstanding environmental values in need of wise conservation and management<br />
  20. 20. “Knowledge from the past with the modern scientific understanding” <br />Learning Living Laboratories for Sustainability<br />
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  22. 22. “Working together as a partnership of interests with the community, industry and research / education groups and tourism”<br />.<br />
  23. 23. The Noosa Biosphere<br />“We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand.We will understand only what we are taught.<br />Baba Dioum ~ noted African environmentalist<br />
  24. 24. Ask us about ourbiosphere ...<br />Thank you<br />