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In line with our vision and the goals of – Conservation, Learning and Development; the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere has adopted a Biosphere Charter. The Charter is an opportunity for individuals, schools, communities, businesses as well as organisations to demonstrate their aspiration to support the Biosphere and agreeing with the Biosphere Principles. By agreeing with the six principles of the Charter, Supporters will play a role in improving and promoting the sustainability of the region through increasing awareness and recognition of the Biosphere.

The six principles are to:

  • Help to conserve the natural resources of the Biosphere
  • Support the economy to benefit people and nature
  • Promote cultural heritage and local products
  • Contribute to the health and well-being of the community
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and promote research
  • Raise awareness of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere

Find out about the Charter application process and the benefits. Read more        or download the Biosphere Charter leaflet here.

Biosphere Sense of Place:

The Sense of Place Toolkit is a collection of examples and resources to help you understand and benefit from the special qualities of the Biosphere. The toolkit will help you associate the emotions of a place, and how to use them to develop and promote your business, community or organisation. We use the word ‘toolkit’ because it is focused on practical outcomes – ‘telling a story’. In the same way that a plumber’s toolkit contains different tools for different jobs, the Sense of Place Toolkit can be adapted to your individual needs and interests. Read more