The environmental, cultural and financial value of UNESCO designations is highlighted in a report published today.
The Isle of Man is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and encourages balance between people and their environment and promotes sustainable living.
The Island’s Biosphere is one of 160 sites that come under the UK National Commission (UKNC) for UNESCO. As well as eight fellow UK and Ireland Biospheres, there are World Heritage Sites, Global Geoparks and Creative Cities.
‘The National Value of UNESCO Designations to the UK’, published by the UKNC, is the first report to comprehensively examine the environmental, cultural and financial contribution UNESCO designations make to their locations.
UNESCO projects help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, as aspired to in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report says.
UNESCO and the UKNC play a crucial role in developing and strengthening partnerships between designations and the institutions and people in them.
The report examines 76 UNESCO designations in the UK and estimates that they generated £151 million for their economies annually.
Read the full report here