Our Team's Experience at EuroMAB 2024

EuroMAB Conference in Germany Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

In early June 2024, two members of the CBT team, Colin Robinson and Janessa Dornstauder had the opportunity to attend EuroMAB 2024 in the Elbe River Landscape, Germany – a UNESCO Biosphere. Because there are so few countries in North America, Canada, and the USA participate in the European network, while Mexico participates in the Latin network. Read more about their experience below! 

This event was an invaluable opportunity to be immersed in the wealth of knowledge and collaboration that defines the EuroMAB network and better understand how our community-based work fits into the global context. EuroMAB, a biennial four-day conference for more than 300 UNESCO biosphere regions in 41 countries, serves as a platform for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and collective action towards conservation and sustainable development. This year's EuroMAB theme, “climate for change” was especially relevant to CBT's local priorities. 

The theme had us take a look at how ongoing global systems change can be shaped through local action. Workshops that we attended focused on biodiversity conservation as a nature-based solution and examined the importance of inclusively convening community in pursuing sustainable development. These workshops provided deep insights and practical strategies that we are excited to bring back to the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. 

We also had the opportunity to share CBT's work with international peers. Janessa shared about how Canadian biosphere regions are supporting biodiversity conservation through support for stewardship, restoration, and non-traditional approaches to area-based conservation. Colin shared about his involvement with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Toolkit for Youth Engagement and how to encourage meaningful youth engagement and leadership in biosphere regions. Sharing CBT’s successes and challenges in biodiversity conservation and youth leadership was not only gratifying but also highlighted the impact of our initiatives on a global stage. 

EuroMAB participants had the opportunity to draft contributions that will shape the ongoing priorities of the biosphere network. Key learnings during workshops and plenary sessions were drafted to inform the 2026-2035 strategic action plan that will be presented at the next World Network of Biosphere Reserves meeting in 2026. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, this enlightening experience that provided us with tools and inspiration to advance climate action and biodiversity conservation work at the local level here in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. 

Announcing the 2024 Research & Environment Grants

July 17, 2024
We're excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Research and Environment grants. This year, the CBT awarded over $36,000 in funding to six inspiring projects in the region. These projects address threats to key species and ecosystems and uplift nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) ways of knowing. Efforts also focus on habitat conservation, restoration, and protection for ecologically and culturally important species and ecosystems.

Welcoming our 2024 Summer Intern

July 15, 2024
We're excited to welcome Zahur Ashrafuzzaman (she/he/they), our new summer intern who is already making valuable contributions to a variety of projects across the organization!

Marcie Callewaert Reflects on her Leadership Journey

May 6, 2024
“Participating in LVI gave me back my leadership confidence that I had lost somewhere along the way. It was a great reminder of what I am capable of and provided me with tools to strengthen my skills as I move forward in new roles. Because of LVI, I took chances that I never would have taken just a few years ago and they paid off! I am so thankful for the community of support that LVI creates during the program and in the months and years afterwards."

Share the Fare: Elevating Sustainability for the Biosphere Centre

May 2, 2024
Harbour Air, renowned as the Pacific's premier seaplane airline, has recently forged a partnership that aims to redefine the skies. Collaborating with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT), Harbour Air's mission goes beyond flight; it's about flying with purpose, with its new support for the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre.

Harbour Air Expands Share the Fare Program to Include the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

April 10, 2024
arbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline, announced today its partnership with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) as part of its Share the Fare program. This collaboration underscores Harbour Air’s commitment to supporting coastal communities in British Columbia and advancing sustainable initiatives.

Join us for our Annual Biosphere Region BioBlitz!

April 2, 2024
On Saturday, April 20th, participate from anywhere within the biosphere region to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to step outdoors and learn about the amazing biodiversity in the area.

Pani's Journey : From receiving CBT's Education Award to Pursuing Medicine at UBC

March 8, 2024
Pani Ayoubizadeh from Ucluelet received the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Education award in 2022 and is currently studying science at the University of British Columbia to become a cardiac surgeon. She has recently gotten in touch to share an update on her academic journey as well as her personal growth since receiving the award.

Grant Writing Workshop

January 26, 2024
Join this half-day workshop hosted in partnership with the West Coast N.E.S.T. (CBT's regional education tourism initiative) to learn effective grant writing and fundraising strategies.

Good News for the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre Project!

January 17, 2024
In a remarkable display of commitment to community and environmental stewardship, the Wickaninnish Inn has pledged an astounding $150,000 over the course of five years to support the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre. In a generous gesture, they have already contributed $40,000 as their inaugural installment.

Announcing the fall 2023 Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants!

December 6, 2023
We are excited to share this list of grass-roots community projects that received Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) this past fall cycle. This has been our most successful cycle to date, with a total of 33 projects in the region, 15 projects for Clayoquot Sound NGS and 18 for Ahousaht NSG!

Holiday Giving Unites Communities

December 4, 2023
As the holiday season draws near, the timeless tradition of holiday giving beckons, transcending cultures and religions, and embodying the spirit of generosity and compassion. In the heart of this global tradition lies an opportunity to make a positive impact on local organizations that sustain our region to help advance their mission far beyond the holiday season.