The Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership has now submitted its application to UNESCO to be considered as a new Biosphere Reserve, following 2 years' intensive development work to produce the bid package and an associated management strategy which were the subject of wide local consultation (with almost 95% of people in favour).
The bid was handed over to a representative from UNESCO UK on 27th September in a ceremony in front of the 'Preston Twins' elm trees in Preston Park, Brighton - the largest and oldest English elm trees in the world, and one of the natural assets that makes the area important for nature conservation and sustainable development. More details are available from the UNESCO Biosphere Bid handover press release .
A final decision is expected from UNESCO next summer, with further development work to be carried out in the meantime to identify priority projects and potential resources to carry these out in the future.
More information on the Biosphere Project can be found on the website at www.biospherehere.org.uk
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