UNESCO Dublin Bay Discovery Centre

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Dublin City Council (DCC) is embarking upon an exciting project to build the UNESCO Dublin Bay Discovery Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere on Bull Island. An ambitious yet sensitive design that creates a powerful place for discovery and learning the Centre will illustrate and interpret Bull Island, Dublin Bay, the world network of Biosphere Regions and global climate issues.

It is the ambition of Dublin City Council that the Discovery Centre will be the genesis for the resolution of the management issues in the nature reserve and Dublin Bay as well as inspiring the values of UNESCO in promoting global citizenship.

In 2018, UNESCO undertook a review of 20 UNESCO designated sites from all around Europe with visitor centres assessing their value in improving understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the UNESCO site. The review illustrated the key role that visitor centres can play in supporting a sustainable balance between people and nature by influencing visitor behaviour and orientation. It also re-affirmed that the active involvement of the local community should be one of the drivers of success for any visitor centre in a UNESCO site.

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