BIOSPHERE CONNECTIONS Star Alliance's environmental partnership
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.