|Region/Province/ or State||Wales|
|Distinguishing Features||glaciated catchment of predominantly hill land with thin, acidic soils developed on lower Palaeozoic sedimentary strata;|
|Main Industries (in terms of employment)||agriculture, silviculture, stock-breeding, tourism|
The Biosphere measures 840 sq km, of which 762 are land and 78 are sea;
Includes parts of Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Powys County Council areas as well as part of Snowdonia National Park:
The Dyfi Biosphere has a core area consisting of three main protected habitats:
- Cors Fochno- (SAC, SSSI) is one of the finest raised peat bogs in Britain
- Coed Cwm Einion – (SAC, SSSI) an ancient semi-natural mixed broadleaved woodland
- Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau (SAC) an area of sea, coast and estuary that support a wide range of different marine habitats and wildlife.
SAC – Special Area of Conservation
SSSI – Site of Special Scientific Interest
In addition to the vision and strategic objectives, a set of principles was agreed upon.
- People – their attitudes and activities – are central to the Biosphere process.
- The Dyfi Biosphere is a place where people’s feeling of well being is enhanced, where people are empowered and involved in deliberation, decision-making and co-delivery.
- The role of government and statutory organizations is to facilitate sustainable development and to encourage and enable people to take responsibility.
- The Dyfi Biosphere is an exemplary area, setting the benchmark for “green”, bilingual living.
- Our economy is becoming more self reliant and less carbon intensive, based largely on local culture, resources, products and environmental assets.
- Constructive change occurs, but almost incidentally as a result of protecting, strengthening and celebrating elements of life and the world which the community values and wants to pass on to future generations.