We live in a Biosphere Region!

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We live in a Biosphere Region!

Biosphere reserves are considered model regions for sustainable development. They work to promote the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in addition to economic and social development. In each biosphere reserve, community partners work together to find innovative ways to achieve a balance between the needs of humans and nature.

As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the MABR has four strategic objectives:

The area stretching from Nanoose Bay to Qualicum Bay – from the top of Mount Arrowsmith to 300 meters below the Salish Sea was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2000 as the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR).

The MABR is approximately 1200 square kilometers and includes many unique ecosystems from high alpine and coastal forests to intertidal and marine habitats. The biosphere region overlaps with traditional territories of seven First Nations and is home to more than 58,000 people.

As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the MABR has four strategic objectives:

  1. Conserve biodiversity, restore and enhance ecosystem services, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources;
  2. Contribute to building sustainable, healthy and equitable societies, economies and thriving human settlements in harmony with the biosphere;
  3. Facilitate biodiversity and sustainability science, education for sustainable development and capacity building; and
  4. Support mitigation and adaptation to climate change and other aspects of global environmental change.

The MABR is striving to meet these objectives within our region, and with the support of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute at Vancouver Island University, the incredible not-for-profit organizations, and community, the MABR is optimistic about the future of our region.

To learn more about the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, visit: www.mabr.ca

To learn more about the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, visit: www.mabrri.viu.ca