BIOSPHERE CONNECTIONS Star Alliance's environmental partnership

The Star Alliance environmental project Biosphere Connections supports partner organisations in preserving our environment by providing plane tickets for their experts to travel to important events. The two organisations working with us in the project are the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (known as Ramsar).

Biosphere Connections was conceived well ahead of the time when global warming and C02 emissions became, arguably, the world's No. 1 global issue. It was first proposed in early 2001 after an approach from the International Chambers of Commerce to forge an environmental partnership. Meetings with the ICC, UNESCO-MAB, Ramsar and IUCN followed and an agreement was reached.

The turmoil in the aviation industry which followed the events of September 11, 2001 meant putting Biosphere Connections on hold for a while. The idea was reactivated in 2005 and the project was formally launched on 1 January, 2006.

The name Biosphere Connections was arrived at after much discussion to try to correctly capture the synergies between Star Alliance and the three environmental partners. Starting from a premise that all four were global organisations with far reaching networks, the name Biosphere Connections came out of a desire to represent all aspects of the biosphere, as embodied in the three environmental partners, as well as a "connection" with Star Alliance's extensive global network.

UNESCO-MAB later decided to end its participation in the programme. The partnership with RAMSAR and IUCN remains strong.