Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has written to his colleague the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, urging him to support proposals for the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Project.
The biosphere project is a bid to become to become an internationally recognised Biosphere Reserve, by receiving UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. The Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Project is made up of over 32 partners, who are all keen to draw attention to the importance of the downland, city and marine environments. The UK currently only has five sites. Mike wrote to the Secretary of State in order to highlight the excellent credentials of the biosphere project and to ask for the department’s support. For more information on the project, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “The biosphere project is a fantastic initiative that will improve local habitats, boost our sustainable credentials at the same time as raising awareness of our immediate environment. Achieving UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status would be a great success for the project and go a long way in raising awareness amongst residents of the amazing natural diversity that is on their doorsteps. I know that my Conservative colleagues on the council, such as Cllr Tony Janio, have been working hard to support the project.”