MSP launches Biosphere for Galloway and Ayrshire

The Climate Ready Biosphere Vision for the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere was officially launched by Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod MSP

The Climate Ready Biosphere Vision for the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere was officially launched by Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod MSP

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The Climate Ready Biosphere Vision for the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere has been officially launched by Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod MSP.

Joan Mitchell Chair of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire partnership Board said: “As Scotland’s first UNESCO Biosphere, we are now also one of the first in the world to set out

a positive vision for a climate ready Biosphere.

“We will share lessons we learn from our international partners, as we all face the global challenge of climate change.

“The Biosphere is home to around 95,000 people, 5,000 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and 8,000 self-employed people.

“Our vision for a Climate ready Biosphere is one which we take early and planned action to prepare ourselves, allowing us to tackle challenges and benefit from opportunities.”

Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod said: “Climate change affects us all, and adaptation is crucial if we are to be as prepared and resilient as possible to deal with its impacts here in Scotland – such as extreme weather events, coastal flooding and erosion, and disruption to the lives of our communities and people. 

“No single organisation, business or community will be able to adapt to climate change in isolation, which is why this work is so important.

“The Climate Ready Biosphere Vision, produced by the Biosphere and Adaptation Scotland, sets out how this project will provide valuable insight and leadership on climate change adaptation in the coming months and years, and I look forward to hearing of its progress.”

Anne Beswick, Adaptation Scotland programme manager, said: “The Biosphere is an exciting example of how an area can come together to plan for the changes we are seeing in Scotland’s climate.

“No one organisation can adapt in isolation, and looking across the Biosphere there are so many great projects that can now benefit from a coordinated vision of how to get climate ready.”

The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere covers an area of 5268 square kilometres and is a status given in recognition of its special natural qualities.

The Biosphere has three goals;

Conservation-promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape

Learning-helping to support a better understanding of issues globally and surrounding nature

Development-fostering a sustainable economy and society

The Galloway Biosphere will be one of 600 other reserves found all over the world.

The global biosphere network encourages the sharing of experiences to help us take care of our surroundings.