The Isle of Wight and the waters that surround it has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Our beautiful island, with its dramatic landscape, stunning beaches and friendly community, is only the sixth region in the UK to be awarded the accolade.
To become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Isle of Wight needed to show that its people and the natural environment coexist harmoniously, demonstrating that, despite the modern-day pressures brought about by human progress, nature continues to thrive.
With over 50 per cent of the Isle of Wight already designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the AONB team put forward its application for Biosphere Reserve status to UNESCO on behalf of the UK government.
The award was made by the United Nations Man and Biosphere Coordinating Council in Paris on June 19.