We’re committed to protecting and enhancing our region, our communities, our economy, our built environment and our natural assets.

Sunshine Coast Council is leading a nomination for our region to be recognised by UNESCO as an international site of excellence, known as a biosphere.

A biosphere is a special place where responsible development and people living sustainably sits along-side active conservation. Just like our region.

Council has a clear vision for what we’re hoping to achieve for our region. A UNESCO Biosphere credential will support us to protect and enhance our economy, lifestyle and environment for future generations. It aligns with our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region — healthy, smart, creative.

Becoming a biosphere will give the Sunshine Coast further national and international recognition. Biospheres create niche markets for products, services, facilities and practices. This is significant for the agricultural, forestry, fisheries and tourism sectors. A biosphere will help local businesses grow while attracting more investment to our region. That means more jobs for local people.

“The Australian Government has submitted the nomination to the UNESCO Man in the Biosphere Programme (UNESCO MAB) for consideration and the outcome will be announced in June 2022”

 Learn more about the Biosphere nomination.