Councillors meet UNESCO ambassador

Cabinet councillors from Lewes District Council met with Laura Davies, Permanent Ambassador for the UK to UNESCO, this week as part of her visit to the Living Coast Biosphere.   

The Living Coast is a UNESCO World Biosphere Region. It embraces a biodiverse stretch of the chalky South Downs and Sussex coast between the River Adur at Shoreham-by-Sea and the River Ouse at Newhaven.   

Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Open Spaces were part of a delegation that discussed the work going on across the Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere. 

Councillor Matthew Bird said: “Given the climate and ecological emergency that we are all facing, there has never been a more important time to bring together partners and the Living Coast is a great example of that approach.”

The Living Coast Biosphere partnership is made up of a range of more than 40 voluntary, conservation, education, local government and private sector bodies and aims to be a thriving environment for all.

Councillor Julie Carr said: “The biosphere is a place where people can connect with nature and live well together, enjoying, celebrating and reinvigorating the natural wonders of our shared home.”