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UNESCO designation

The Western Port Biosphere Reserve has retained UNESCO designation, following submission and approval of our second 10-year periodic review.

Of special significance was UNESCO’s acceptance of a revised zonation map for the 2,142 sq km Reserve, which better reflects how our communities interface with our core protected areas. We thank AECOM for its considerable contribution of expertise and technology to create this fresh perspective. This will enable better conversations on how our actions impact important terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

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January 11, 2024

Wetlands become focal point of environment-renewables balance

Opinion Piece – by Geoff Brooks, Biosphere Foundation Director Awareness of Western Port’s internationally renowned Ramsar wetlands is about to receive a significant boost thanks to the recent decision by the Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek, to veto of the…

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Acknowledgement to Country

The Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation acknowledges the Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.

First Nations peoples are the original caretakers of the land and waterways and hold the truth, the stories, and the knowledge necessary for creating a sustainable future. We recognise their continued connection to the land and waters.

We support the wishes, sentiment and aspirations expressed by First Nations people in the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, which align with our values related to empowering people and belonging together. These values support participation and greater connection for all Australians to create a better future in harmony with our natural environment, which has been nurtured and cared for by indigenous communities for over 60,000 years.

We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. We recognise that indigenous sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.