Creating a better future through biosphere stewardship, philanthropy and community building

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is a registered charity based on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Established in 2000, CBT is the only organization in Canada that is both a community foundation and a UNESCO biosphere reserve. We pair this spirit of community with the power of a global presence to bring more people together for a shared understanding.

We are one of 1800 community foundations worldwide implementing United Nations’ goals to reduce poverty, end hunger, ensure quality education, and protect the environment. CBT also oversees the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region, one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves, and sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Our team works to strengthen the development of all citizens, communities, and the ecosystems on which we all depend, for a future we can all be proud of. 

We acknowledge the territories of the Hesquiaht First Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Ahousaht, and Yuułuiłath in the spirit of truth, healing, and reconciliation.

Students on Ice 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Students on Ice Foundation has cancelled the 2020 Arctic Expedition. 

CBT and our partners are looking forward to supporting a local student to participate in the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition when it resumes in 2021. Students on Ice brings together high school and university students along with inspiring scientists, elders, artists, musicians, dignitaries, historians, thought leaders and innovators, to learn about bout the importance of the Polar Regions, climate change, and sustainable development. 



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