Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere

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The Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership has successfully applied to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, part of the worldwide family of over 600 international sites across 100 countries. The aim is to help nature so that we help ourselves. For example, by looking after the wildlife of the Adur Estuary and Shoreham Beach together with providing information and access to these areas. It is hoped to attract more visitors and new businesses to come here, and encourage local people to be more aware of and engaged with our special surroundings.

Peter Davies Development Director said “This is only one of four designated areas in the UK and the first entirely new biosphere area for almost 40 years. It is also one of only a handful of areas based on a city worldwide.”

The area covers the whole block of countryside, towns and coast between the River Adur and River Ouse.

Shoreham Port is a member of the Biosphere Partnership with more than forty other organisations – made up of bodies from the public, private, voluntary and educational sectors. We wish to play our part in the ambitious plans to improve the local environment, economy and community. Individual port users can also show their support by signing up as a 'Friend of the Biosphere'. Friends receive e-news, access to events, ideas for local places to visit and suggestions for action to appreciate and benefit the environment.

July 2014

Please see the Biosphere website Biosphere Here for more details and the Biosphere Briefing Summary below.

Biosphere Briefing Summary

Biosphere Partnership