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Proposed nomination of the ACT as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve


I am emailing on behalf of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Planning and Environmentto invite you to participate in its inquiry into the proposed nomination of the ACT as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Biosphere reserves are internationally recognized within the framework of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB). Their aims, under the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves, include -

    §       to foster sustainable economic and human development
    §       to preserve landscapes; ecosystems, species, and genetic resources, and
    §       to support demonstration projects, environmental education and training, and research and monitoring related to local, national and global issues of conservation and sustainable development.

The proposed nomination of the ACT is particularly significant because the ACT includes a major urban environment. The Mornington Peninsular and Western Port Biosphere Reserve is the most comparable in Australia, as it also includes an urban component.

Please find the terms of reference for the  inquiry below.
More information about biosphere reserves can be accessed via the following web-sites.

The Committee invites submission to be lodged no later than 2 June 2006, with the Committee Secretary, Dr Hanna Jaireth, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, ACT Legislative Assembly, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601; e-mail: <>.

The Committee prefers submission to be lodged in writing and by email if possible. All submissions must include your full name, postal address and telephone number.

If you would like to attend a hearing, or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 6205 0137 or by email.

The Committee looks forward to hearing from you.

Terms of Reference

Inquiry into the ACT as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Recognising community interest and the ACT Government’s public statement to initiate the process of having the ACT declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Committee will inquire into, and report on, issues related to an ACT nomination, including:

    a)      the content of the proposed nomination document, including issues arising from the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves, such as -

      i)      management of the nomination process
      ii)     the status and possible boundaries of the core, transition and buffer zones
      iii)    funding needs and sources
      iv)     how local stakeholders should be engaged in (a) planning, (b) education and training programs, and (c) research and monitoring activities

      v)       communication strategies and activities
      vi)      the timeframe and viability of the proposed nomination
      vii)     other relevant matters

Best regards.

Dr Hanna Jaireth
Standing Committee on Planning and Environment

ACT Legislative Assembly Committee Office
GPO Box 1020
Canberra ACT 2601

PH: 02 6205 0137
MOB: 0415 144 283
FAX: 6205 0432


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