The Biosphere Foundation has worked with the community to create a sustainable future for Western Port. We do this through research, education, community engagement, partnerships and on-ground conservation efforts. The Foundation has tax-deductibility status as an environmental organisation.
The Biosphere Foundation is funded by donations and contributions from the five local governments of the Biosphere – Cities of Casey and Frankston and Shires of Bass Coast, Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula. It also receives grant funding for projects from a number of sources, including the State Government, Federal Government, Melbourne Water and philanthropists.
The biosphere reserve nomination document contains a number of commitments regarding governance and management.
The Biosphere Foundation’s founding constitution was adopted at the inaugural meeting in December 2003. It has been recently updated, with the generous assistance of leading law firm Maddocks. The changes that they advised were incorporated in the revised constitution which was adopted at the 2020 Annual General Meeting, held on January 28, 2021. .
The Biosphere Foundation’s charter was adopted at the inaugural meeting in December 2003. The charter reflects both the aspirational objectives of the foundation and the specific governance expectations of the Victorian State Government. It provides the broad vision for the biosphere reserve.
In 2014, a Governance Review Report was conducted by Kevin Love and the recommendations were adopted by the membership and board.
Prior to this, in 2010, an evaluation study was conducted by Roberts Evaluation Pty Ltd, as required by Victoria’s Biosphere Reserve Policy, to determine the effectiveness of the biosphere reserve since its designation in 2002 (Performance of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Evaluation Study, Roberts Evaluation Pty Ltd, and Board response to the Roberts Evaluation report).
A range of internal policies guide the day-to-day operation of the Biosphere Foundation.
In 2014 the Biosphere successfully underwent its ten year review with UNESCO. This location map was included in the UNESCO review.
The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Ltd. wishes to acknowledge the generous contribution of Maddocks in drafting and reviewing our Constitution
Stakeholder Engagement Committee
Science and Education Committee
Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Strategy: 2019-2022