Keeping Western Port special

In 2002, the United Nations proclaimed the Western Port region in Victoria, Australia, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Western Port was chosen because it has outstanding natural values, including a Ramsar wetland of international importance, on the fringe of the expanding city of Melbourne.

Biosphere reserves aim to keep special places—like Western Port—special by fostering conservation and sustainable development. More

New on this site:

Biosphere Bird Search finds 108 species in one Big Day, 20 October 2013

Western Port Biosphere Annual General Meeting, 14 November 2013

Dob in a den – Report active fox dens here

Western Port Biosphere Birdsearch, 19-27 October 2013 - Update re final day at Harewood Homestead

Growing Connections project biodiversity planning – Results of May 2013 community workshop

Biosphere – the next 10 years: our governance review – responses to online survey due 15 July 2013

Position statement: Proposed Port of Hastings development

Minutes of May & July 2013 board meetings

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Who we are

The non-profit Biosphere Foundation works with the community to create a better future for the Western Port Biosphere Reserve—environmentally, socially and economically.

We do this through research, education, community engagement, partnerships and on-ground conservation efforts.

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