Conservative Group Environment Spokesman, Cllr. Tony Janio, has warmly welcomed the decision by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to designate the Brighton & Lewes Downs area an International Biosphere.
The Biosphere project was initiated by the previous Conservative Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council back in 2009 and they have been working with the Green Administration to take it forward since 2011.
The aim of the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere is to bring the Downs, urban area and coast together to look after and improve the natural environment, to engage people in the nature on their doorsteps and promote action to reduce the environmental impacts of our lifestyles. The Biosphere, which covers the land and near-shore coastal waters between the rivers Adur in the west and Ouse in the east, will become part of an international network of 600 sites in over 100 countries that share best practice and bring people and nature together while working to balance the needs of both.
Cllr. Janio said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to work with the Green Administration to bring our idea to establish an urban Biosphere to fruition. There have been many sceptics and doubters along the way but in the end this has been a great example of what positive partnership working between the public, private and voluntary sectors can achieve. This well and truly puts our city and the Downs on the international map and will undoubtedly bring new investment to the area as well as helping us to protect the unique wildlife and habitat on our doorstep.”