The environment and the landscape that makes up Galloway and Southern Ayrshire has become to the first in Scotland to be recognised as 'significant'.
The United Nations has awarded the area Biosphere Status.
It means the area joins and elite group of environmentally important Biosphere's across the world, which include Mount Kenya, Niagara and the Hawaiin Islands.
Andy Burn has sent this report:
An area of natural beauty in Southern Scotland has been recognised alongside the likes of Yellowstone National Park, Ayers Rock and the Hawaiian Islands.The 3,000 square kilometres of land in Galloway and South Ayrshire has been designated by the UN as Scotland's first UNESCO Biosphere.