Western Port Biosphere Reserve is growing connections with people and nature by fostering sustainable living principles to protect this special place for ourselves and our grandchildren.
The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve was designated under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program in December 2002. Officially, the biosphere reserve covers approximately 2100 square kilometres, including the Mornington Peninsula Shire
the Cities of Casey and Frankston, Shires of Bass Coast, Cardinia and French Island.
Western Port was chosen as a biosphere reserve because it has outstanding natural values, including a Ramsar wetland of international significance, on the fringe of the expanding city of Melbourne.
The Biosphere reserve is a place where people attain an enduring relationship with the natural world and contribute to the needs of society as a whole by showing a way to a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future
.The Biosphere Foundation will provide leadership on innovative approaches to sustainable development and conservation and collaborate with partners, stakeholders and the Biosphere community to transform the future for the benefit of people and the environment..
There are currently 685 biosphere reserves across 120 countries worldwide, 14 in Australia.