BEACH Buddies has been strongly featured in an international report issued by UNESCO. The report says the Isle of Man has set “a leading example” of how UNESCO designations work with local communities to make a difference collectively.
The report is described by UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay as “a blueprint for sustainability”.
The report further acknowledges the achievements of Beach Buddies as a member of the Isle of Man’s Biosphere network and the efforts to “inspire more people to make a positive environmental impact.”
Mme Azoulay added, “At a time when we all look for solutions to build more resilient societies after Covid-19, UNESCO sites offer a wealth of concrete actions to reinvent our relationship with nature, to develop decent jobs and foster social cohesion. This report by the UK National Commission for UNESCO is a blueprint for sustainability, and I believe all countries can take inspiration from this research.”
The report says, “These partnerships are made mainly on a local level, between hundreds of groups all working together to support efforts in conservation, research, education, capacity building and tourism.
“This new research shows that continued investment in UNESCO projects is critical in helping the UK and devolved governments meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
DEFA Minister Geoffrey Boot said, “This comprehensive report demonstrates the huge value of us belonging to, working with and learning from, the UNESCO movement throughout the UK and beyond.”
James Bridge, Secretary-General of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, said, “This research shows the unique value offered by UNESCO projects in the UK. They embody community and enable us to preserve and enjoy our most special places and culture.
“They also pioneer solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems and inspire hope in these unprecedented times. Within this report are a number of case studies that can help inform the UK’s path towards a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis.”
Beach Buddies founder Bill Dale said, “In the last 12 months Beach Buddies and the Isle of Man has received publicity at unprecedented levels around the world, including 232 million viewers on BBC World News and 60 million online readers of National geographic magazine, plus numerous media items.
“To be featured in this new report by UNESCO is another significant piece of publicity for the Isle of Man, and Beach Buddies is delighted to have contributed towards this ever-increasing positive profile of our Island around the world.”
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