Federal Government

Both individually and as a network of sites, biosphere regions are strategically positioned to advance the federal government's sustainable development objectives at the local level. Learn how the biosphere regions support these federal priorities.

Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation 

Canadian biosphere regions are contributing to the Federal government’s commitment of conserving 30% of Canada’s lands and waters by 2030. In addition, Canadian biosphere regions are working on ecosystem restoration, species at risk recovery, invasive species control, sustainable management of working landscapes, enhancing ecosystem services and functions, mainstreaming biodiversity into everyday life, sustainable consumption as well as research, monitoring, analysis, and data collection.

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Biodiversity Conservation Project Example

Supporting the Effort to Identify and Implement Measures to Count Biosphere Reserves Toward Canada Target 1 by 2025
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Location: All provinces except Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Yukon and Nunavut.

The biodiversity conservation work supports the recognition of Other Effective Conservation Measures and protected areas within the biosphere regions through activities like stewardship and restoration projects; land acquisition; land management planning; and research, data collection and monitoring.

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Accelerating Climate Action

The Government of Canada’s mandate emphasizes the need for urgent and accelerated climate action, aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050 and significant emissions reductions by 2030. Canadian biosphere regions can act as vehicles for community climate outreach as well as regional climate planning and monitoring support to local governments, business, and the general public.

Canadian biosphere regions are also key partners in implementing the National Adaptation Strategy by implementing adaptation measures that enhance community and ecosystem resilience to climate impacts. These efforts are crucial for preparing Canadian communities for the challenges posed by climate change. By emphasizing nature-based solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss, biosphere regions highlight their role in piloting and promoting practices that protect, manage, and restore ecosystems while addressing societal challenges.

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Climate Action Project Example

Winter landscape in the Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Region. Photo credit: Marianne Valcourt.
Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program
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Location: Québec

The Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program consists of various projects focused on acquiring knowledge, building capacity and developing evidence-based decision-making tools within the Uapishka Biodiversity Reserve.

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Supporting Sustainable Development

Aligned with the Government of Canada’s focus on sustainable development, Canadian biosphere regions are key local implementation service providers through projects that harmonize economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. These initiatives demonstrate sustainable practices that can be replicated and scaled, offering models for balanced development that respects ecological limits.

Canadian biosphere regions also help the Government of Canada achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with particular focus on SDG 4: quality education; SDG 8: decent work for all; SDG 11: Sustainable cities; SDG 12: sustainable consumption and production; SDG 13: climate change; SDG 15: life on land; and SDG 17: partnerships.

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Sustainable Development Project Example

Jeff Bectell, and his son Damon, return home after moving cattle on their ranch in the Waterton Biosphere Region. Photo credit: Striking Balance.
Carnivores and Communities Program
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Location: Alberta

The primary purpose of the program is to reduce or prevent conflicts on private ranchlands by removing or securing agricultural attractants, such as dead livestock or grain bins.

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Supporting Reconciliation and Indigenous-led Activities  

The directive to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and advance reconciliation efforts is a priority biosphere regions are uniquely equipped to support. Through partnerships with Indigenous communities, biosphere regions can promote Indigenous knowledge, leadership, and rights in environmental stewardship and sustainability projects. 

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Reconciliation Project Example

Station Uapishka
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Location: Quebec

A true leader in co-management, the Uapishka Station is a joint venture between the Conseil des Innus de Pessamit and the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve (MUWBR).

Supporting Nature Based Tourism

Canada’s biosphere regions are uniquely positioned to contribute to the Government of Canada’s Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.

One of the key aspects of sustainable tourism is the conservation of biodiversity, which often is the reason tourists are attracted to these areas. Biosphere regions advocate for integrating people with nature in a manner that supports local communities and the environment. They collaborate with local businesses, service providers, governments, and tourism organizations to embed sustainability into tourism initiatives.

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Seasonality and Redirection

Many biosphere regions include heavily visited national and provincial parks within their area. To distribute the impacts of human activity more evenly throughout the year, biosphere regions support initiatives that redirect visitors to lesser-known natural spaces. Additionally, they work on extending the tourism season, allowing for year-round visitation and economic benefits to local communities.

Focus on Rural Areas

Rural and remote tourism is a significant contributor to Canada’s regions, generating revenue and employment opportunities. Primarily located near small towns, biosphere regions can assist these communities in implementing sustainable tourism best practices. Initiatives may include promoting rural tourism experiences, supporting local artisans, and enhancing infrastructure in remote areas.

Highlighting Canada’s Natural Assets

Biosphere regions are highlighted in the tourism strategy as sites of interest to both international and domestic tourists. These regions showcase some of Canada’s most iconic natural landscapes and serve as living examples of sustainable tourism practices. Biosphere regions may collaborate on projects that promote these destinations and their unique offerings. Initiatives may involve trail development, outdoor education programs, and adventure tourism with minimal environmental impact.

Sustainable Tourism Project Examples

Mount Arrowsmith in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. Photo credit: Striking Balance.
Amazing Places
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Location: British Columbia, Ontario & New Brunswick

The Amazing Places Project connects people with nature and educates residents and visitors about the ecological significance of well-loved, publicly-accessible outdoor spaces.

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Sharing Common Goals with National Parks

[paraphrased from the Elk Island National Park of Canada Management Plan, 2023]

… A biosphere (region) will help regional partners and stakeholders create coordinated messages to promote conservation and influence sustainable development in the region. Parks Canada has the opportunity to play a leadership role in the biosphere and other regional planning processes. Parks Canada and land managers within the biosphere share common goals, including ensuring ecological integrity and landscape-scale ecological connectivity, promoting sustainable development and tourism, and protecting cultural resources.

There are 11 national parks within the 19 Canadian biosphere regions.

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