About the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

Learn about the CBRA and how we facilitate connections, provide support, and promote local biosphere regions.

The Canadian Biosphere Regions Association (CBRA) stands as both as an organization in its own right and as the collective voice of Canada’s 19 UNESCO-designated biosphere regions, also referred to as biosphere regions.

CBRA is the national organization representing the network of 19 Canadian biosphere regions. We facilitate connections, provide support, and promote their local work, raising their profile and scaling their collective impact.

We work at the national level to promote the collective impact of biosphere regions across the country. We also support operational capacity building and knowledge-sharing opportunities within the network.

Founded in 1997 as a not-for-profit charitable society, CBRA is guided by the following:

Credit: Melody Charlie

Our Vision

A vibrant, supported, and connected network of Biosphere regions and partners, learning from and supporting each other to become the sites of excellence in Canada and meet the expectations of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of its members.

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise the collective profile and capacity of Canada’s UNESCO Biosphere regions as leaders in reconciling relationships with the natural environment and with diverse cultures.

Credit: Melody Charlie
Credit: Melody Charlie

Our Mandate

Our madidate is to foster connectedness between Canada’s bio-culturally and geographically diverse Biosphere regions, raise the profile and build the capacity of Canadian sites, develop, and manage national programs, and create opportunities for the MAB Programme to thrive in Canada.

Our Statement of Values

Building on the collective values of its member Biosphere regions, we uphold these values:

  • Achieves mutual solutions through collaboration, cooperation, transparency, and understanding with our partners and stakeholders.
  • Shares our skills and practices through mutual experience and exchange.
  • Acts with respect and inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge of the lands, waters, air, and ecosystems and western knowledge systems.
Credit: Melody Charlie

Learn More

CBRA Resources

Additional annual reports available upon request.

Canadian Biosphere Region Resources

Other Resources

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A photo of boats at Alma Warf in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Region.