2020 will see the first full year of the Isle of Wight’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The status it achieved in 2019 is internationally recognised, and illustrates the way in which the Isle of Wight is now recognised as offering one of the best areas in the world for managed landscapes where the human impact is not detracting from the landscape and wildlife. The Island’s elevation to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status greatly enhances its reputation as a special place to live - and also, in tourism terms, to visit. There are just seven Biosphere Reserves in the UK, and the Isle of Wight was the first area in England to receive this accolade for seven years. The UNESCO accolade will build on its sustainable tourism initiatives, including the recently launched Slow Travel Guide to the Isle of Wight; and will also highlight it as a destination for those in search of outdoors and wellbeing breaks. https://bit.ly/2Rl5ohB