Did you know? Earlier this year, the whole of the Isle of Wight (including the waters around the Island) was made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The award was made by the United Nations Man and Biosphere Co-ordinating Council in Paris on the 19th June 2019.
To become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a region needs to show that people and the natural environment are coexisting harmoniously. Put simply, the Isle of Wight can demonstrate to the highest level that there is a balanced relationship between people and nature and, that in spite of the modern-day pressures brought about by the progress of human beings, nature continues to thrive here.
Now, the announcement comes as over 50% of the Isle of Wight is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the AONB team put forward an application to UNESCO on behalf of the UK government.
For holidaymakers choosing the Isle of Wight as a destination, nothing will change – the beautiful landscape and sandy beaches will all remain the same. However, becoming a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve means that other people have also recognised what an amazing place the Island is. The Isle of Wight will remain its glorious self, the only difference being that when you’re enjoying a walk on Tennyson Down or taking the kids to Blackgang Chine, you’ll have an even greater sense of satisfaction that you’re visiting one of the most remarkable Islands in the world!
The Isle of Wight is now in an elite group of regions, being only the 6th region in the UK to be awarded the UNESCO accolade. This is just yet another draw to staying on the Isle of Wight this winter or next summer, in our self catering holiday cottages in Brook.