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North Devon World Biosphere Reserve

Bideford Station
East the Water
EX39 4BB

Contact: Andrew Bell
Tel: 01237 423655

Type of partnership: Neutral, broad-based and honest broker role.
Marine Plan Area: 8. South West Inshore

The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in north devon is the only one of its kind in England. It covers the catchments that drain the north Devon area and the marine area around the north Devon coast; a totol of 3500 sqkm of which 1300 is marine. The partnership is an independant group that has a membership of 26 organisations and serves to ensure that the Biosphere Reserve meets its function to be an international exemplar of sustainable development.

Core ServicesAdditional Services
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Provision of network opportunities
  • Communication - dissemination of the relevant information
  • Community engagement and awareness raising
  • Informing coastal/maritime planning, policy, legislation and strategy
  • Providing a central point of contact for coastal issues
  • Promote collaborative working
  • Commisioning of delivering relevant research
  • Provision of coastal services
  • Habitat management/creation
  • Education
  • Environmental education
  • Marine planning
  • Habitat management
  • Community projects
  • Fisheries
  • Commercial
  • Strategy/management planning
  • Tourism/recreation
  • Partnership working, project delivery, fundraising
Core PurposesDesignations
  • Integrated planning and management of the coast (ICZM)
  • Environmental management/conservation
  • Business and commercial support.
  • Recreation and tourism.
  • Influencing policy and legislation.
  • To assist agencies and authorities in carrying out their function on the coast.
  • To provide a broadly based consultative forum on the coast.
  • Meeting statutory requirements.
  • AONB
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • National Park
  • SSSI
  • SAC
  • MCZ
  • Marine Nature Reserve

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