TWO Biosphere Reserve managers from Australia are visiting next week to see what lessons might be learned from the North Devon Biosphere Reserve. Steve Pool from Noosa Shire Biosphere Reserve and Russell Stewart from the Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve in Q

TWO Biosphere Reserve managers from Australia are visiting next week to see what lessons might be learned from the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.Steve Pool from Noosa Shire Biosphere Reserve and Russell Stewart from the Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve in Queensland arrive at the North Devon reserve next Tuesday for a three-day stay.The visit has been organised with the help of Bill Foster, who has worked in Australia on marine conservation. It is hoped that the meeting will enable the sharing of ideas and practice on managing biodiversity and supporting local communities and their economies. The Australian visitors are also meeting with councillors and business leaders as well as the Biosphere Reserve team.Mike Moser, chairman of the North Devon's Biosphere Reserve Partnership said, "Biosphere Reserves are about innovation for how society lives in these marvellous places. It's important that we share experiences with other people on the cutting edge of developing sustainable communities."Andy Bell, North Devon Biosphere Reserve co-ordinator, said: "Collaborating with other Biosphere Reserves is a really good way to improve our own area. Even these small meetings can generate new ideas to draw resources into our own area. The Australian delegation can teach us about marine conservation, for example, and we are grateful to Bill for making this connection."The group will be visiting various parts of North Devon to witness real examples of how the Biosphere Reserve partnership works to make the area a world leader.