Academic Institutions

Biosphere regions provide a unique platform for collaboration with a wide range of institutions, fostering partnerships that contribute to environmental conservation, sustainable development, and community engagement. These partnerships encompass academic institutions, research organizations, and more.

Overall, collaboration between biosphere regions and academic institutions can enhance scientific understanding, promote sustainable development, and strengthen conservation efforts within these unique landscapes. By leveraging their respective strengths and resources, they can work together to address pressing environmental issues and promote the well-being of both people and nature.

[From the CCUNESCO website]

The Canadian (UNESCO Research Chairs) Network has 37 UNESCO chairs in 29 universities and one college. It builds connections among universities, civil society, local communities, researchers and policy-makers. Its education, culture, communication, information and natural, social and human sciences projects:

  • Build capacity through knowledge exchange
  • Promote North-South and South-South cooperation
  • Achieve UNESCO objectives
  • Identify solutions to critical social issues
  • Establish new teaching programs
  • Accomplish effective and exemplary work

The biosphere regions in Canada are very appreciative of the work being done by these Research Chairs that help the biosphere region mandate including:

  • UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability: From Local to Global, Brock University;
  • UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies Wilfrid Laurier University;
  • UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal, University of Saskatchewan;
  • and more!

Project Example

An aerial photograph of the rocks and water of Georgian Bay. Georgian Bay Biosphere Region
State of the Bay Project

Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario

While Georgian Bay can feel like wilderness, it is subject to virtually all of the same pressures as the other Great Lakes – invasive species, climate change and development pressures. To help monitor these changes, the Georgian Bay Biosphere (GBB) and its many partner organizations launched the State of the Bay project.

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Join us in forging strategic partnerships and providing crucial funding for biosphere region initiatives in sustainable leadership and community development. Together, we can drive positive change, foster resilience, and create a sustainable future for generations to come.

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community gathering of municipal and Indigenous governments in Howe Sound Biosphere Region