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press release 25/06/2006

Over a hundred photographs depicting the life and work of people in the Dyfi Valley will be on show at Ysgol Bro Ddyfi on Friday 30th June.

Beach sunset - silhouette of person standing in front of the sun.

Some of them are the work of Pavel Hudec-Ahasver, a Czech photographer based in Prague.

The others are by students from five schools and colleges that serve the Dyfi Valley catchment.

The exhibition is part of a wider project being undertaken by ecodyfi and the Centre for Alternative Technology on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.

The purpose is to help raise public awareness of the Dyfi Biosphere Reserve, a site of exceptional nature conservation importance centred around the National Nature Reserves of Cors Fochno and Ynys Las on the south side of the Dyfi estuary.

The Dyfi Biosphere reserve is part of an international network of areas designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

It is the only Biosphere reserve in Wales and there are 323 other such areas in 83 countries.

They are vital centres of biodiversity where research and monitoring activities are conducted, and where the involvement of local communities is sought.

Local people can help protect and preserve wildlife that might otherwise be threatened by development or climatic changes.

The Dyfi Biosphere Partnership is about to consult local people about the future of the reserve and to explore how they can benefit from its existence through activities such as sustainable tourism and the branding of local food.

The photographs provide a valuable record of the environment of the whole Dyfi Valley river catchment and the economic and social circumstances of its people and visitors during May and June 2005.

They show a great diversity of land and seascapes and of the economic and social activities to be found in this exceptionally interesting part of Wales.

Gareth Roberts, an environmental consultant who helped organize the project, said, "I am pleased that pupils from schools and colleges in Machynlleth, Aberystwyth and Dolgellau have participated so enthusiastically in this project.

"These photographs reflect the wide variety of human activities and natural processes that impact on the environment of the Dyfi Valley.

"They are thought-provoking and challenging."

Bev Dimmock, Sustainable Living Officer for ecodyfi, said "We are very grateful to the UNESCO Environment Committee in Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government for the sponsorship and support they are providing to allow us to undertake this project.

"This exhibition provides us with a valuable record of how people live and work in Bro Ddyfi today and offers us a baseline against which we can monitor change in the future."

The Head of Ysgol Bro Ddyfi, Lis Puw, said "We are delighted Ysgol Bro Ddyfi has been chosen to exhibit the photographs.

The pupils here benefited greatly from the experience and we hope the project can be repeated."

The one-day exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday 30th June.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Anyone wanting to visit the exhibition or wanting to learn more about the Biosphere reserve process should contact Bev Dimmock or Delyth Richards on 01654 703965 or email delyth.richards@ecodyfi.org.uk

Further information:

Andy Rowland, ecodyfi Manager 01654 703965

Bev Dimmock, ecodyfi Sustainable Living Project officer 01654 703965

Delyth Richards, Biosphere reserve Community Engagement Officer 01654 703965

Our biosphere project section