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The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (HSBRI) team is working on compiling the information needed to complete the nomination package for submission to UNESCO targeted for the spring of 2019.  The nomination document will be the first comprehensive report on the Howe Sound region that includes both land and marine environment, the human uses and biodiversity.  This is an important piece for planning a future where biodiversity is protected and humanity thrives.

A fundraising campaign is ongoing to cover costs for completing a successful nomination package, a Howe Sound Biosphere Fund is now established with the West Vancouver Foundation.  Tax deductible donations help build a sustained source of funding for a dedicated staff person working towards the United Nations (UN) and Canada’s commitment to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the UN Biodiversity Diversity Targets.

Candidates for Squamish Council and outgoing Mayor Patricia Heintzman. Photo courtesy of Chris Pettingill

A report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Forum co-hosted by the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative and the BC Council for International Cooperation at the end of September has been published.  This forum timed just before the municipal elections  was used as an opportunity to discuss leadership on sustainable development in the Howe Sound through the lens of the United Nations SDGs.

As part of the HSBRI nomination a ten year strategic plan will be drafted, community input to the plan will be sought in March 2019.  The plan will outline goals and actions of the Atl’Kitsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Region organization to further biodiversity conservation, reconciliation and sustainable development.

Anyone living in the region wishing to become involved in the Initiative is invited to contact Ruth Simons, lead at  For more information visit

Ruth Simons attended the Canadian Biosphere Reserve Network Fall Gathering


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