Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve is situated in Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia. A diverse range of ecosystems exist within the biosphere reserve boundaries, including temperate coastal rainforest, ocean and rocky coastal shores. Nine of the large forested valleys remain untouched by logging or other industrial development. The area’s temperate rainforest, lakes, rivers and alpine peaks provide habitats for a vast array of species, a significant number of which are endangered or rare. Given that development is increasingly resulting in the fragmentation of forest and alpine ecosystems and loss of biodiversity in coastal rainforests, this biosphere reserve provides a welcome refuge and centre for the natural dispersion and re-establishment of species.

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What is a UNESCO Biosphere Region?

A UNESCO biosphere region is an international site of excellence. Biosphere reserves work to foster the harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, and reconciliation—by encouraging dialogue, sharing knowledge, reducing poverty, increasing human well-being, respecting cultural values, and enhancing capacity to cope with climate change (World Network of Biosphere Reserves). An area can only be designated as a biosphere region by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Clayoquot Biosphere is one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves. The Clayoquot Sound region grew to become a UNESCO biosphere from a grassroots movement of a small but passionate group of community members—people who were seeking better ways of advancing our region with a long-term commitment to sustainability. In a nutshell, our UNESCO biosphere designation is all about keeping our region a special place to live, work and visit. For more information please visit the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust's website below.

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Long Beach Nature would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate, the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We would like to extend that respect to the Ahousaht, Hesquiaht to the north and the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Huu-ay-aht to the south and all the First Nations of the region.

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