Find out what’s special about Dublin Bay – new biosphere video launches

Today the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr will launches a new video created to showcase what makes Dublin Bay such a special place in the Atrium, Civic Offices, Wood Quay.

The video, created by members of Dublin City’s Comhairle na nÓg highlights the importance of promoting and protecting Dublin Bay and the surrounding area.  This area is a designated UNESCO Biosphere since 2015, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300 km2.  Over 330,000 people live within the Biosphere area.  Dublin Bay Biosphere is the only UNESCO Biosphere in a capital city in Europe.

When the members of Dublin City’s Comhairle na nÓg were invited to participate in this project, they voted with an emphatic, unanimous yes.  Nineteen members (aged from 12 years of age to 17 years old) volunteered to get involved. They chose to make a short innovative video, aimed at young people, to celebrate Dublin Bay and to tell the story of the Biosphere in their own words.  They had talks and guided walks in the area so that they could experience the nature in Dublin Bay for themselves. They wrote the script for the video and it was filmed onboard a Dublin Bay Cruise, with drone footage from North Bull Island.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said “I want to congratulate Comhairle na nÓg’s young members for their hard work and dedication in producing this wonderful video telling the story of Dublin Bay. This video will be a significant aid to schools and colleges in educating children about this UNESCO biosphere area and in promoting the benefits for all citizens when a greater balance between nature and people is achieved.”

The key message for this video is: Dublin Bay Biosphere inspires a positive future by connecting people and nature today. This video is to help young people understand Dublin Bay Biosphere, enjoy it and care for it.

In the words of Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg: “People who live in Dublin enjoy a unique feature. Everyone and anyone can enjoy it. The biosphere makes people proud of Dublin. Don’t let this beautiful area of life and nature go to waste and visit the Dublin Bay Biopshere”.

In a message to Comhairle na nÓg members, Meriem Bouamrane of UNESCO said, “The passionate video you have designed shows very clearly what a Biosphere is: a celebration of life and a long term commitment for people to care for each other while connecting with nature. You are inspiring examples for your peers, for your parents, for adults and for the World Network of Biospheres.  You are demonstrating that young people care about this planet and play a vital role in our societies to benefit both the local and global communities.“

The video is available to view online at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo6lNxSPdRc&feature=youtu.be

ENDS

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277, info@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie  

www.dublinbaybiosphere.ie

www.comhairlenanog.ie

www.dublinbaycruises.com

Notes to the Editor:

This project has already garnered international attention. Dublin Bay Biosphere Coordinator, Dr Jenni Roche, was invited to speak about this project at the World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru last March to over 1,000 delegates. As creative control was given to the young people, the project is considered an example of international best practice in communicating the UNESCO Biosphere message.

Dublin Bay Biosphere – some facts and figures

Biospheres are areas that are internationally important for biological diversity and are actively managed to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature.

The Biosphere designation is awarded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

There is a global network of 669 Biospheres in 120 countries.

Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership comprises Dublin City Council, Dublin Port Company, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Fingal County Council and the National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht. This Partnership works with community groups, NGOs, local businesses, universities and schools.

Dublin Bay Biosphere is internationally important for biological diversity, particularly its coastal habitats and migratory wetland birds, such as Brent Geese.

Dublin Bay Biosphere is the only UNESCO Biosphere in a capital city in Europe.
 

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