Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007 and the biosphere recognition was reconfirmed in 2018. But what is a biosphere?
The definition of a biosphere, is an internationally designated and protected area that demonstrates a balanced relationship between people and nature.
There are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries. Noosa is one of only two in Queensland, along with the neighbouring Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve - they are the only two adjoining Biosphere Reserves in the world.
The Noosa community has a long and proud history of nurturing the region's environment that is rich in natural beauty, biodiversity in native animal and plant species, and cultural heritage - the very definition of a biosphere!
Noosa's strong record of a community that works together to create harmony between people and nature, a commitment to low-rise development and protecting large tracts of land are some of the reasons for the Noosa Biosphere Reserve declaration.