Sustainable Development Goals

Across Galloway and Southern Ayrshire the Biosphere is guiding and supporting communities, businesses, schools and organisations in striving to meet the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDGs are a global call to action to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet, and bring peace and prosperity to everyone.  They recognise urgency, necessity, and the value of learning and collaboration.

Here in Galloway and Southern Ayrshire our UNESCO Biosphere is helping to widen public understanding of Sustainable Development Goals. By showing the ‘Biosphere in action’ through our partnerships and programme of delivery, we are demonstrating how SDGs can be achieved and the knowledge that can be gained along the way.

Biosphere In Action

No Poverty

Regional partnerships and local initiatives are supporting employability in our workforce through vocational training, including youth skills development provided by Whithorn ReBuild, and apprenticeships with East Ayrshire Woodlands.

Zero Hunger

Community gardens, local food banks and food education projects are helping to make nutritious local produce more accessible and affordable across the Biosphere.

3. Good Health & Wellbeing

Spending time outdoors in nature benefits mental and physical health, and the Biosphere is full of opportunities for fresh air, exercise, or simply finding peace of mind. Our Explore the Biosphere map shows some of the Biosphere’s best locations for relaxation, green health and improving fitness.

4. Quality Education

Biosphere schools are incorporating Learning for Sustainability into their curriculums and undertaking special projects that focus on SDGs.

6. Clean Water & Sanitation

There are several community-owned toilets worth a stop in our Biosphere! Examples include Straiton and Colmonell.

7. Affordable & Clean Energy

Community-led energy initiatives such as the KPT Community Trust’s Micro-Hydro are helping local people access renewable energy, while projects such as the Glentrool Hive demonstrate how eco-friendly building practice can provide local benefits for years to come.

8. Decent Work & Economic Growth

The Biosphere Certification Mark scheme inspires sustainable enterprise, showing how we can work cooperatively to create a robust local economy.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Biosphere Communities are villages and towns where local residents are committed to living more sustainably, not only by cutting carbon emissions and reducing waste, but by building community pride in local heritage.

13. Climate Action

Through the Biosphere Footsteps programme our organisation is bringing interactive climate awareness training into communities. By supporting community action groups such as MAC-CAN we are growing a wider awareness of the ‘think global, act local’ approach and helping people get involved in their local area.

14. Life Below Water

Organisations such as the Loch Ken Trust and Galloway Fisheries Trust are taking care of our rivers, lochs and wetland environments through scientific research and ecosystem restoration.

15. Life On Land

Conservation work in the Biosphere is helping our precious biodiversity, for example at Threave Estate and Cairnsmore of Fleet. Education and interpretation at key locations is widening awareness of our nature crisis while encouraging a closer connection between people and environment.

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