Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Management Plans

Management of the Biosphere is guided the local delivery of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Strategy 2015 -2025 and Lima Action Plan 2016-2025 which can be viewed here.

Our Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere (GSAB) Strategic Plan is further supported by a series of thematic management plans, action plans, priorities and commissioned studies:

GSAB Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022

GSAB Natural Heritage Management Plan

GSAB Climate Ready Biosphere Vision and Action Plan

GSAB Research Priorities 2015 – 2018

GSAB Socio-Economic Baseline Study September 2017


Biosphere Progress Reports

The Biosphere Partnership regularly reviews and reports back on progress that has been made within the Biosphere to our Proud Supporters, Local Communities, Funders, Partners and the UK Man and Biosphere.

Inspiring a Positive Future 2014 – 2017 Reflections

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Building Opportunity in the Biosphere 2011 – 2013


Biosphere Conference and Event Reports

A Changing Landscape – Making the Most of our Natural Assets January 2018


Leaflets to download about the Biosphere

A series of leaflets downloadable have been produced that explain what the Biosphere is and how you can get involved:

Biosphere Leaflet

Proud Supporter Charter Leaflet

Inspire a Positive Future Leaflet

Natural Heritage Leaflet


Explore the Biosphere

Explore the Biosphere using our self guided routes that give a flavour of what the Biosphere has to offer and enjoy:

Explore the Biosphere LOCH DOON & CARRICK DRIVE

Explore the Biosphere LOCH TROOL & CREE VALLEY

Explore the Biosphere LOCH KEN & RIVER DEE


Business Conversations

Biosphere Business Conversations is a series events that brought together Business Charter supporters from across the Biosphere to share ideas and look for opportunities to work together.

Biosphere Business Conversations – Making Connections 1:

Biosphere Business Conversations – Making Connections 2:

Social Enterprise in the Biosphere

In 2016 the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and social enterprise the Adventure Centre for Education were represented through a specially commissioned film screened at the World Congress of Biosphere’s that took place in Lima, Peru.


Shining a Light in the Anthropocene – Report featuring case studies from GSA Biosphere  The value of social entrepreneurship toward sustainable development in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves Shining a light on the Anthropocene

Position Statements and Consultation

Whilst the Biosphere Partnership has no formal remit as a consultee on proposed developments or changes in regional or national policy, where they may have a significant impact on the Biosphere the Partnership Board may elect to respond and make representation.

GSAB Windfarm Position Statement 2017

GSAB Galloway National Park Position Statement 2017

GSAB response to Scottish Government consultation on Scottish Forestry September 2016