The community of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region will live sustainably in a healthy ecosystem, with a diversified economy and strong, vibrant and united cultures while embracing the Nuu-chah–nulth First Nations “living” philosophies of Iisaak (living respectfully), Qwa’ aak qin teechmis (life in the balance), and Hishuk ish ts’awalk (everything is one and interconnected).
This vision was articulated to the CBT during public consultations with the residents of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region Community in 2000.
The mission of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is to assist the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region Community to achieve its vision by providing funding and logistical support for research, education and training initiatives that promote conservation and sustainable development. The CBT will facilitate the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experience both locally and globally. The CBT will accomplish these objectives by working creatively and proactively within the framework of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme.