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8th May 2024

Your chance to make a difference: Join the GSA Biosphere’s Partnership Board

The Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Partnership, the charitable organisation delivering projects in conservation, enterprise, education and climate resilience across southwest Scotland’s UNESCO-designated area, has put out a call for new members to join its board of Trustees.

The UNESCO region expanded in 2023 to take in 12 miles of the marine environment plus new terrestrial areas including the Rhins of Galloway and Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns. As one of a network of more than 740 UNESCO Biospheres around the world, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire is recognised for its world class natural and cultural heritage and the array of local opportunities for sustainable development.

Our Mission: ‘The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere promotes a balanced relationship between people and the natural environment, through establishing effective partnerships, community engagement, innovative projects, research and learning. Encouraging local communities to act collaboratively to build thriving sustainable societies in harmony with their natural surroundings.’

The GSA Biosphere Partnership’s delivery team comprises fifteen officers who work across the 9,720km² region, with activity steered by a Partnership Board that currently has 12 Trustees.  The board are especially keen to attract new members with experience in marine industries and environment, community development, fundraising, tourism and communications.  Applications from women, BAME and younger individuals are particularly welcome as the Partnership aims to fully represent diverse voices in its mission.

GSAB Director Ed Forrest says, “The UNESCO Biosphere covers three local authority areas and is home to an astonishing variety of communities, businesses, and third sector organisations, all of which are essential to the big picture of climate resilience, nature recovery, and socio-economic change. The post of Trustee is a chance for people with a passion for this region to make a real and tangible difference as we grapple with the most urgent issues facing southwest Scotland and the world today.”

For further information about the Trustee opportunity and an application form, please click here. Applications will close at midnight on 30th June 2024.

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