UNESCO Periodic Review

When Clayoquot Sound became a UNESCO Biosphere Region in 2000, local communities committed to finding a sustainable balance between conserving cultural diversity, natural ecosystems and biodiversity, and fostering sound economic development. Every ten years, we step back and reflect on our shared effort to achieve this balance as our communities and ecosystems change.

Support for the UNESCO Biosphere designation

As part of the 10-year periodic review, we reached out for support of the continued UNESCO designation from our partners. The CBT received 83 letters of support from governments, organizations, researchers, and champions near and far and have showcased them in a StoryMap. We are grateful for the feedback provided by our partners and are committed to taking their words to heart moving forward.

We invite you to explore our StoryMap to learn more about our partners locally, nationally, and internationally. Scroll to the bottom and zoom out on the world map for the full effect!

Virtual Visit of UNESCO Reviewers

In May 2021, the CBT hosted Maureen Reed and Sarah Gamble for a virtual review due to COVID-19. In addition to attending board meetings and our AGM, the independent reviewers engaged with more than 30 CBT partners in a series of roundtable meetings focused on:

  • CBT governance,
  • conservation & land relationships,
  • tourism, and
  • food security.

Learn more in the Report of External Reviewers that summarizes our highlights and achievements over the past 10 years, as well as the opportunities and recommendations for the next 10 years.

What is a Periodic Review?

  • This region is part of a World Network of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves/Regions: special places that have all made the same commitment to sustainable community development guided by global plans that coordinate local action.
  • The Periodic Review is: 
    • how we demonstrate our region's contributions to these global plans and maintain our status as a UNESCO Biosphere Region; and
    • an opportunity to renew engagement of municipalities, nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) governments, regional, provincial, and federal government, non-governmental organizations, and the local businesses through dialogue, reflection and letters of support.