Galloway has been approved as an UNESCO Biosphere, which puts it in the same league as Ayers Rock in Australia and Yellowstone national Park in America.
The United Nations have confirmed that a bid to designate an area of natural beauty that takes in 3000 square kilometres in Galloway and South Ayrshire as a Biosphere has been successful. Towns within the zone of the new biosphere include Castle Douglas, Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart, Wigtown, Sanquhar and Thornhill.
Biospheres are places with world class environments that promote conservation, sustainable development and they are created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region.
The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire biosphere is the first in Scotland and means it is classed alongside Ayers Rock, Yellowstone Park, the Hawaiian Islands and the Danube Delta.
Biosphere reserves are established through a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Programme.
Reacting to the announcement Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said:
Andy Burn covered the story for ITV Border he sent this report: