Partnership plans between the Biosphere and SSDA will boost local 'green recovery'
The South of Scotland Destination Alliance's longstanding support of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been officially certified as the organisation signs up for the Biosphere's Proud Supporter scheme.
With Scotland's green recovery a critical priority for the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors, both organisations will boost local businesses by helping them connect with each other and with the worldwide visitor market.
The SSDA's Chief Executive, Ross McAuley, was awarded their Proud Supporter certificate by Melanie Allen, Vice-Chair of the Biosphere's Partnership Board.
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire was awarded the global designation of 'UNESCO Biosphere' in 2012 in recognition of its unique natural and cultural heritage, and for its potential as a focal point for learning and research. Since the Biosphere's Proud Supporter scheme was established more than 360 individuals, businesses, organisations and community groups have signed up to its charter of six principles covering sustainability, environmental awareness, and the ethos of 'support local'. Many of the Biosphere's Proud Supporters are local household names in eco- and agritourism while several have gone on to achieve the Biosphere Certification Mark, which recognises their contribution to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Marie McNulty, the Biosphere's Business Development Lead Officer, commented: "This is a challenging time for tourism but collaboration between partners with passion and vision for the region will create exciting opportunities for building back better. We are delighted that the SSDA have signed up as Proud Supporters and that they will continue to promote Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere as a place of inspiration, innovation, and as a world-class destination for sustainable tourism."
South Ayrshire Councillor Alec Clark, who is also a member of the Biosphere Partnership Board said: "I am delighted another 'Proud Supporter' is ready to champion the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. Being the first Biosphere in Scotland, means we have had nearly 10 years to create the right balance between the land, nature and the people that live here and this is something our tourism sector can really shout about."