Biospheres are places where nature and culture connect. They are internationally recognised for their biological diversity yet also actively managed to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature. A biosphere is a special designation awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) but managed in partnership by communities, NGOs and local and national governments. The biosphere designation brings no new regulations; its aims are achieved by people working together.
The UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) Programme was launched in 1971 and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To mark this milestone the Dublin Bay Biosphere is launching a Dublin Bay Biosphere Award which encourages young people to immerse themselves in nature, learn about the process going on around them, including the impacts from humans, and to take action to protect our biosphere. This can be achieved through nature conservation or awareness raising.