What the Biosphere does

A Biosphere Reserve is a place of cooperation and collaboration that show that a sustainable way of living is not only possible but already happening!

A Biosphere has three main functions:

  • Conservation:
    promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape.
  • Learning:
    supporting a better understanding of nature and global issues.
  • Development:
    fostering a sustainable economy and society.

Social Enterprise Biosphere

Social Enterprises are businesses which have an ethos that matches the principles of the Biosphere by ensuring activities are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Find out more here

Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme

Located in the Biosphere the Galloway Glens project will inspire a positive future and help deliver the three main functions of the Biosphere. Find out more here

Climate Ready Biosphere

Adapting to climate change in the Biosphere is necessary so that communities, the natural environment and economy can thrive. Find out more here

Building Opportunity in the Biosphere

Building Opportunity in the Biosphere was managed by Southern Uplands Partnership on behalf of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Partnership and was part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community through Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway LEADER 2007-2013 Programmes; Dumfries and Galloway Council; East Ayrshire Council; South Ayrshire Council; Scottish Natural Heritage; Forestry Commission Scotland; Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; Southern Uplands Partnership and Ayrshire Joint Planning Unit.

It was a two year program designed to raise understanding of the opportunities that the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status will bring to this part of SW Scotland. Two project officers were employed who engaged with local communities, businesses, agencies and organisations to develop initiatives that further understanding and involvement with the Biosphere. The final report is available here.