In 2009 the Great Sandy region was designated a Man and the Biosphere Reserve
by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
This status is an international recognition that we live in a very special place.
for details of the announcement.
The Great Sandy Strait and adjoining hinterland has outstanding biodiversity
values. The region is one of the most diverse in Australia, spanning a sub-tropical
to temperate 'transition' zone, and contains representative species from both
climates, including some that are unique to the region.
Obtaining Biosphere status gives recognition of these values at the international
level, and also creates an opportunity for international biodiversity investment.
BMRG is the parent organisation and sole patron of the Great Sandy Biosphere
program having administered the nomination process and is currently the sole provider of funding
for activities that progress the Great Sandy – Man & the Biosphere and