Dyfi Valley awarded UNESCO Biosphere status
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Dyfi Valley awarded unique UN status
Ecodyfi Co-Chair Martin Ashby has welcomed UNESCO’s decision to re-register the Dyfi Valley as a member of a prestigious network. Environment Minister Jane Davidson announced today that the area has been recognised as Wales’ only UNESCO Biosphere.
The unique status means the area joins the likes of Uluru in Australia and Mount Olympus in Greece. There are 553 UNESCO Biosphere areas in the world, but the Dyfi is the only one in Wales and only the second in the whole of the UK.
A Biosphere is a special area in which people work to balance the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are nominated by national governments.
Ms Davidson said the award was a flagship project for Wales:
Pete Frost, from the Countryside Council for Wales, who is also Wales' representative on the UNESCO UK Man and Biosphere Committee said:
The Dyfi was first designated a Biosphere in the 1970s, but rule changes in the 1990s meant sites had to reapply under new criteria. Today’s decision means the whole of the Dyfi Valley, the area bounded from Aberystwyth, Llanbrynmair, Llanymawddwy, Corris Uchaf and Aberdyfi, will be part of a new Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere.
Allan Wynne Jones from the Dyfi Biosphere Partnership added:
Martin Ashby said that ecodyfi had been working towards this for a long time and believes that its projects and activities are in line with the aims of the Biosphere.
More information about the Dyfi Biosphere can be found at www.dyfibiosphere.org.uk
Notes for editors:
What are UNESCO Biospheres?
There are 553 UNESCO Biosphere areas in the world, but the Dyfi is the only one in Wales.
A Biosphere Reserve is an area in which people work to balance the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are nominated by national governments and must fulfill three basic functions:
A conservation function - to preserve genetic resources, species, ecosystems and landscapes A development function - to foster sustainable economic and human development A logistic function - to support research, monitoring, education and information exchange related to local, national and global issues of conservation and development
Organisations represented on the Dyfi Biosphere Partnership are Ceredigion County Council, Countryside Council for Wales, Cyngor Gwynedd, Ecodyfi, Environment Agency Wales, Farmers’ Union of Wales, Forestry Commission Wales, National Farmers Union Cymru, Powys County Council, RSPB Cymru, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, Welsh Language Board.
Official Launch event:
Date: Monday 8th June