Tourist ‘taming’ a Biosphere winner
EFFORTS to save local koalas, restore fish in the river and ensure the tourist peaks do not go too “feral” have seen Noosa retain its lucrative Biosphere Reserve status.
Queensland’s first UNESCO Biosphere has just undergone a 10-year review, with the council claiming it’s another win for the region.
“It is wonderful to receive confirmation that UNESCO has not only confirmed the ongoing status of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve but that they have done so with accolades,” Mayor Tony Wellington said.
The World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which recognises areas that demonstrate a balanced relationship between nature and people, now consists of 701 Biosphere Reserves in 124 countries.
Cr Wellington said the advisory committee acknowledged the efforts to manage tourism and the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation’s initiatives for the restoration of fish in the river and work on koala populations.
“This is Noosa’s first assessment and it appears we passed with flying colours,” he said.
“The advisory committee noted our Zero Emissions Noosa objective and encouraged authorities to continue efforts to reach this goal.
“They also commended Noosa on its efforts to deal with feral animals that present major threats to biodiversity conservation, entreating us to share our experiences with other Biosphere Reserves that also suffer from invasive species.”
Noosa Shire was designated a Biosphere Reserve in 2007 and Cr Wellington said this new endorsement was an achievement to be shared by many.
“I want to thank everyone who has been directly or indirectly involved in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve management and activities over the past 12 years. The Man and the Biosphere program seeks to encourage actions that improve the overall relationship between people and their environment,” he said.
“Enjoying a great living and working environment while protecting and respecting the natural environment – that’s exactly what Noosa is all about.”