Biosphere nomination for the Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Oct 2019

We’re committed to protecting and enhancing our region, our communities, our economy, our built environment and our natural assets.

Council is leading a nomination for our region to be recognised by UNESCO as an international site of excellence, known as a biosphere.

Celebrate people and nature

A biosphere is a special place where responsible development and people living sustainably sits along-side active conservation. Just like our region.

Council has a clear vision for what we’re hoping to achieve for our region. A UNESCO Biosphere credential will support us to protect and enhance our economy, lifestyle and environment for future generations. It aligns with our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region - healthy, smart, creative.

A biosphere is non–statutory. That means that it doesn’t replace or change any existing laws or government planning policy. Residents will continue to be sustainably focused and make even more sustainable choices.

Becoming a biosphere will give the Sunshine Coast further national and international recognition. Biospheres create niche markets for products, services, facilities and practices. This is significant for the agricultural, forestry, fisheries and tourism sectors. A biosphere will help local businesses grow while attracting more investment to our region. That means more jobs for local people.

Where to from here

Depending on what our community have to say, council will lead the development of a full biosphere nomination for the local government area. We will lodge the nomination with the Queensland Government. The Queensland Government will then forward the nomination to the Australian Government. They will submit it to UNESCO.

More information

Read council’s Celebrate People and Nature: Biosphere Nomination for the Sunshine Coast[1608KB].

Read frequently asked questions[536KB].

Learn more about the global network of UNESCO Biospheres.


For additional information, please contact council’s Project team via email at