CBRA's Contribution to the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals


Canada's biosphere reserves are living labs where communities work hand in hand to deliver projects that support sustainable living. We work in partnership with residents, community organizations, Indigenous Peoples, industry partners, academic institutions, government, and youth. Over the past decade, from coast to coast, Canadian biosphere reserves have been involved in nearly 500 projects that have yielded meaningful and tangible results for our communities.

Conservation projects have included work on ecosystem rehabilitation, habitat and wildlife management, restoration land management, parks and protected areas, and biodiversity.

Capacity building projects have included the development of educational curriculum, monitoring and mapping, sustainable tourism, youth mentorship, and the coordination of community-based participatory research.

Sustainable development projects have explored new models for regional interaction, sustainability planning and policy-making, and social innovation.

There are many examples of projects that are currently being coordinated by Canadian biosphere reserves. Please visit the websites of individual biosphere reserves for more information. 


Les réserves de la biosphère canadiennes (RBs) sont des sites d’expérimentation où les communautés travaillent en collaboration pour mettre en place des projets innovants en matière de développement durable. Nous travaillons en partenariat avec les citoyens, les organisations, les Premières Nations, les entreprises industrielles, les institutions, le gouvernement et la jeunesse. Dans la dernière décennie, les RBs canadiennes se sont impliquées dans plus de 500 projets structurants et ce, d’un océan à l’autre.

Les projets de conservation ont trait à la réhabilitation des écosystèmes, à la gestion de la faune et la flore, à la restauration du territoire, aux parcs et aires protégées et à la biodiversité.

Les projets de développement des compétences incluent le développement d’activités pédagogiques, le mentorat des jeunes, la recherche, le tourisme durable, etc.

Les projets de développement durable explorent de nouveaux modèles de concertation régionale, de planification stratégique responsable et d’innovation sociale.

Il existe une multitude de projets qui sont actuellement pilotés par les RBs canadiennes. Visitez leur site web respectif pour de plus amples informations.

Pathway to Canada Target 1 - Recognizing and Reporting OECMs in Biosphere Reserves

The Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association (CBRA) has established a three-year contribution agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to lead a project that assists with the identification, recognition, and reporting of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) within and in proximity to biosphere reserves (BRs).

CBRA is working with the Indigenous Circle of Experts for the Pathway to Canada Target 1 (ICE) to ensure that biosphere reserves support the development of OECMs in a way that honours multiple worldviews on conservation and that embraces the opportunity for reconciliation at every step of the process. CBRA is also guided by an internal Indigenous Circle that has close relationships with individual biosphere reserves and can help steer the project in the right direction so that it has relevance for many communities and Peoples. By 2020, CBRA hopes to have educated many communities about OECMs and to have explored the possibilities for recognizing and reporting OECMs within the boundaries of Canada's 18 biosphere reserves.

Day on the Hill

In May of 2017, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association hosted its first annual Day on the Hill in Ottawa. The goal was to allow Members of Parliament, Senators, and staff to discover the important role and contributions of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves. 

CBRA's Days on the Hill are non-partisan events, co-organized with the support of Members of Parliament from all parties. The days culminate with a special reception, attended by over 100 MPs and Parliamentary Secretaries attended the event. Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about how this unique network of UNESCO sites contributes to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and reconciliation. The reception also features sustainably crafted edibles from Canada’s biosphere reserves.

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The Amazing Places Project

The concept of naming Amazing Places began in 2010 with the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. The Amazing Places project is now thriving in five Canadian UNESCO biosphere reserves in New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia. The project goal is to identify and promote significant natural sites for residents and visitors to explore in order to encourage better knowledge of ecological features and inspire a commitment to conservation. 

A cross-Canada Amazing Places program, with its focus on the unique, beautiful, natural sites of this country, has the potential to unite all Canadians. This country has an abundance of natural beauty, but we sometimes forget to celebrate it, and with a concerted effort from participating biosphere reserves in Canada, we are renewing that public interest and appreciation for these beautiful places.

Visit biospherecanada.ca/amazingplaces for more information.

REducing carbon emissions for the G7 Summit 

In an effort to limit the environmental impact of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, in June 2018, the Government of Canada entered into an agreement with the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve to make the summit an environmentally responsible event.

One of the highlights of this agreement was the planting of 100,000 trees in 14 of Canada's 18 biosphere reserves, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia in May 2018. Each biosphere reserve can count on the participation of other project partners (the owner of the site, forestry agency, school or community group). This initiative helped to replenish, restore and reforest sites chosen by the participating local communities, and to offset some of the greenhouse gases from the G7 Summit.

Reconciliation Stories: Reflection Papers and Videos

CBRA has committed to producing six to ten reflection papers in 2018 that tell stories of reconciliation in biosphere reserves. The authors are people who live and work within the biosphere reserve and the stories speak to the development of a relationship or an initiative that created reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in the region.

A minimum of four short films will be produced to accompany the reflection papers, as well as one summary film that captures the perspectives of members of CBRA's Indigenous Circle on reconciliation in biosphere reserves. These films are being produced by the Striking Balance team, with the exception of Bras d'Or Lake, whose film was produced by Tom and Stan Johnson of the Eskasoni First Nation.