The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve—known as the Western Port Biosphere Reserve for short—was declared by UNESCO in 2002, following nomination by the community, and State and Local governments.
The aim of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation is to promote sustainable development in and around Western Port through research, education, community engagement, partnerships and on-ground conservation efforts. The City of Casey, along with the other four Western Port Councils, is a member of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation.
Biosphere reserves are sites established by countries and recognised under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme . The MAB program was launched in the early 1970s. It is an intergovernmental scientific programme seeking to use science to help improve the relationship between people and their environment with the aim of reducing the loss of biodiversity.
Biosphere Reserves have three main aims:
- To protect and enhance the environment
- To encourage and support economic development that respects the natural environment and social equity, and is financially viable
- To provide logistic support for environmental education, training and research.
For further information, visit the Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation at www.biosphere.org.au