Noosa Chamber of Commerce  August 2010
What is a Biosphere? <ul><li>UNESCO designation designed to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans...
What is a Biosphere?  (continued) <ul><li>There is no “one sized fits all” model of a biosphere ... each is different, alt...
Noosa achieved biosphere status in September 2007 <ul><li>The Noosa Biosphere area is based on the local government bounda...
 
Why Noosa? <ul><li>UNESCO in declaring the Noosa Biosphere Reserve particularly noted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a sophisticat...
Noosa Biosphere Limited was established in December 2008 <ul><li>Noosa Biosphere’s organisational focus is through Noosa B...
<ul><li>“ Your Noosa Biosphere will be a learning community that cultivates harmony between people and nature, for both co...
There is a main board and 6 sector boards operating under the Noosa Biosphere umbrella NBL - Governance Board Social Board...
Current membership of the Economic Board <ul><li>Stephen Boyd USC [ex Colliers] </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Cooper Tourism Noo...
NBL  operates within a tight funding regime: <ul><li>NBL’s principal funding source is currently the Sunshine Coast Region...
What are we here for? <ul><li>leverage the credibility of the UNESCO designation </li></ul><ul><li>engage the community </...
A wide variety of initiatives are underway across the sector boards, including: <ul><li>Establishment of an Australian Bio...
Specifically, Economic Board effort has been directed towards: <ul><li>Economic directions discussion paper – with a focus...
Discussion <ul><li>Will UNESCO accreditation of the Noosa Biosphere impose any costs on Noosa Business? </li></ul><ul><li>...
What are the opportunities? <ul><li>You are successful businesses in Noosa </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You…Understand the local ...
Benefits of becoming a  Biosphere Business <ul><li>OPERATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits your business internally </li></u...
What you can do now: <ul><li>Become an ecoBiz  partner. Refer to  http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/sust...
Some material that has influenced our agenda...
The world has managed to reduce its carbon intensity from 1kg/$ to some 770gms in the last 30 years Source :  “Prosperity ...
Source:  “Prosperity without Growth?”  UK Commission for Sustainable Development  The challenge we face is huge
South East Queensland is a climate hotspot Source:  IPCC  Fourth assessment report Ch.11
ACF lists Sunshine Coast as second most sustainable city in Australia <ul><li>Environmental Performance indicators:  =1 </...
In its report  Vision 2050 , the WBCSD states <ul><li>“ The transformation ahead represents vast opportunities in a broad ...
Some useful resources / interesting sites <ul><li>www.noosabiosphere.org.au </li></ul><ul><li>www.sd-commission.org.uk </l...
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  1. 1. Noosa Chamber of Commerce August 2010
  2. 2. What is a Biosphere? <ul><li>UNESCO designation designed to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on conservation, sustainable development and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Over 560 biospheres exist worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Intended to be a testing grounds for actions / experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>A celebration of a community that attempts to live in a sustainable manner – that works at getting the balance right </li></ul><ul><li>Some think of it as World Heritage Status without the rules and regulations </li></ul><ul><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></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Biosphere? (continued) <ul><li>There is no “one sized fits all” model of a biosphere ... each is different, although there are some over-riding principles / core aims: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Logistics support [learning] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Additionally, UNESCO’s Madrid Action Plan 2008 focuses Biosphere plans for 2008-2013 on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accelerated climate change with consequences for societies and ecosystems; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid urbanisation as a driver of environmental change. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Noosa achieved biosphere status in September 2007 <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>It was the first Biosphere in Queensland ... now joined by the Great Sandy Biosphere </li></ul><ul><li>The total permanent population within the Biosphere Reserve is approximately 50,000 people, with a seasonal population of up to 65,000. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a diverse mix of coastal and hinterland communities </li></ul>
  5. 6. Why Noosa? <ul><li>UNESCO in declaring the Noosa Biosphere Reserve particularly noted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a sophisticated level of human settlement and a high level of inter-relationship with the natural environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the strong sense of community involvement and community co-ordination over a broad range of human settlement and natural environment issues. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An important component was the Noosa Planning Scheme which had been adopted by the former Noosa Council. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Noosa Biosphere Limited was established in December 2008 <ul><li>Noosa Biosphere’s organisational focus is through Noosa Biosphere Limited (NBL) with links to UNESCO MAB secretariat in Paris. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>NBL’s role is to foster partnerships with Noosa organisations , businesses and community to help create a sustainable Noosa. </li></ul><ul><li>NBL has no legislative powers </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>“ Your Noosa Biosphere will be a learning community that cultivates harmony between people and nature, for both conservation and sustainable development.” </li></ul>We define sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  8. 9. There is a main board and 6 sector boards operating under the Noosa Biosphere umbrella NBL - Governance Board Social Board Economic Board Education, Research and Development Board Tourism Noosa Environment Board Culture Board
  9. 10. Current membership of the Economic Board <ul><li>Stephen Boyd USC [ex Colliers] </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Cooper Tourism Noosa </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Dinsey Cooroy Mountain Spring Water </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Kennedy DETA – Cleantech sector </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Lawrence Callister & Lawrence ; Noosa Boardroom </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Livingstone SCE [ex CSR Sugar] </li></ul><ul><li>Ben McLauchlan Construction manager </li></ul><ul><li>Ian Montague Consulting [ex TAFE] </li></ul><ul><li>Varina Nissen OnTalent Recruiting </li></ul><ul><li>Sue Willis Noosa Journal </li></ul>
  10. 11. NBL operates within a tight funding regime: <ul><li>NBL’s principal funding source is currently the Sunshine Coast Regional Council </li></ul><ul><li>Other sources including sponsorship, grants and fund raising activities are actively pursued </li></ul><ul><li>NBL relies on the efforts of more than 60 volunteer board members </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with individuals, community organisations, educators and businesses in the biosphere and beyond are important components </li></ul>
  11. 12. What are we here for? <ul><li>leverage the credibility of the UNESCO designation </li></ul><ul><li>engage the community </li></ul><ul><li>spread the word as widely as possible </li></ul><ul><li>support the SCRC vision of Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green and diverse </li></ul><ul><li>promote real action on big challenges such as climate change </li></ul><ul><li>link education providers, business and the community </li></ul><ul><li>open up opportunities and give a marketing advantage to excellent regional companies </li></ul><ul><li>assist in the attraction of new sustainable businesses to the region – with an increased focus on low impact, high value sectors </li></ul><ul><li>promote a truly sustainable tourism sector </li></ul><ul><li>make Noosa a logical centre for conversations about sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>and more ... </li></ul>
  12. 13. A wide variety of initiatives are underway across the sector boards, including: <ul><li>Establishment of an Australian Biospheres Network including Great Sandy and Mornington Peninsular </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmarking the Biosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Economic directions paper – focus on the population cap / sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Community climate change adaptation initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement activities </li></ul><ul><li>Voices of the Biosphere – community radio </li></ul><ul><li>Floating Lands art event </li></ul><ul><li>Schools competitions </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Cambodian biospheres </li></ul><ul><li>Social accounting and systems mapping workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Yarning circles, short walks </li></ul><ul><li>Submissions on major planning issues </li></ul><ul><li>September 2010 Biosphere Day – community celebration </li></ul><ul><li>July 2011 major conference on Sustainability & Community Resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Working with SCRC on Natural Advantage business attraction campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary work on a sustainability portal / learning hub </li></ul>
  13. 14. Specifically, Economic Board effort has been directed towards: <ul><li>Economic directions discussion paper – with a focus on the population cap / sustainable development limit </li></ul><ul><li>Noosa Climate Action initiative ... First public meeting at Pomona on September 7 th . </li></ul><ul><li>Spreading the Biosphere message </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship of Queensland Business Icon 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>September 19 th Biosphere Day – community celebration </li></ul><ul><li>24-26 th July 2011 conference on Communities for Sustainable Futures </li></ul><ul><li>Working with SCRC on Natural Advantage initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary work on a sustainability portal / learning hub </li></ul>
  14. 15. Discussion <ul><li>Will UNESCO accreditation of the Noosa Biosphere impose any costs on Noosa Business? </li></ul><ul><li>How can business leverage off the Biosphere? </li></ul><ul><li>How can business work to promote the Noosa Biosphere and biosphere values? </li></ul>
  15. 16. What are the opportunities? <ul><li>You are successful businesses in Noosa </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You…Understand the local community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You…GET INVOLVED! Join business groups, become a part of the local community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You… have a strong customer focus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But are you Biosphere Businesses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Truly understand changing customer demographics? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice sustainability principles? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting our environment? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you using Biosphere values to benefit your business? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Benefits of becoming a Biosphere Business <ul><li>OPERATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits your business internally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction in energy, water and waste therefore improving your bottom line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready for the challenges ahead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff retention / attraction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MARKETING </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage the value of the Noosa Biosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing here and further afield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investment attraction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integral part of the community </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. What you can do now: <ul><li>Become an ecoBiz partner. Refer to http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/sustainability/ecobiz_queensland/about_ecobiz.html . </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out practical measures to boost the sustainability of your business </li></ul><ul><li>Think about choosing to do business with other environmentally and civic minded local businesses. Think local first! </li></ul><ul><li>Support Cleantech businesses from the region </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of Biosphere activities … spread the word </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Follow our activities on the web </li></ul>
  18. 19. Some material that has influenced our agenda...
  19. 20. The world has managed to reduce its carbon intensity from 1kg/$ to some 770gms in the last 30 years Source : “Prosperity without Growth?” UK Commission for Sustainable Development
  20. 21. Source: “Prosperity without Growth?” UK Commission for Sustainable Development The challenge we face is huge
  21. 22. South East Queensland is a climate hotspot Source: IPCC Fourth assessment report Ch.11
  22. 23. ACF lists Sunshine Coast as second most sustainable city in Australia <ul><li>Environmental Performance indicators: =1 </li></ul><ul><li>Air Quality, Ecological Footprint ,Green Building ,Water ,Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Life indicators: 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Health, Density ,Subjective Wellbeing ,Transport ,Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Resilience indicators: 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change ,Public Participation ,Education, Household Repayments, Food Production </li></ul><ul><li>A sound base to build on ... marked down in areas such as employment, housing affordability, transport etc </li></ul>
  23. 24. In its report Vision 2050 , the WBCSD states <ul><li>“ The transformation ahead represents vast opportunities in a broad range of business segments as the global challenges of growth, urbanisation, scarcity and environmental change become the key strategic drivers for business in the coming decade. In natural resources, health and education alone, the broad order of magnitude of some of these could be around US$0.5 - 1.5 trillion per annum in 2020, rising to between US$3 – 10 trillion pa in 2050 at today’s prices.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A model of growth and progress will be sought that is based in a balanced use of renewable resources and a recycling of those that are not” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The transformation will bring with it huge shifts in terms of regulation, markets, consumer preferences, the pricing of inputs and the measurement of profits and loss ...” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rather than follow change, business must lead this transformation ...” </li></ul>World Business Council for Sustainable Development www.wbcsd.org
  24. 25. Some useful resources / interesting sites <ul><li>www.noosabiosphere.org.au </li></ul><ul><li>www.sd-commission.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.wbcsd.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.business.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=economic-development-strategy </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/sustainability/ecobiz_queensland/ </li></ul>

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