"Building local resources to conserve and sustain Canada’s natural and cultural heritage and economic prosperity."


Biosphere reserves are ecologically significant regions that promote sustainability and conservation by engaging all community stakeholders. Recognized by UNESCO, they support research, share the resulting knowledge broadly and inform policy-makers. Biosphere reserves address one of the most challenging issues we face today: how to maintain the health of natural systems while meeting needs of communities?

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“Canadian biosphere reserves are bottom-up, community driven bodies, and this model is beginning to be emulated worldwide.”

Jim Birtch, Parks Canada

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“Our future as a species hinges on our understanding of how we operate in our environment. We can’t live without clean air, water, and soil. Biosphere Reserves are great living laboratories for learning about this.”

Curtis Cook, Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve

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Canada’s Biosphere Reserves


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