A UNESCO Biosphere Region is established in Clayoquot Sound in recognition of regional initiatives that seek to balance protection of the environment with support for a sustainable regional economy. The designation is based upon recognition, respect and acknowledgement of:
- the rights, interests and stewardship responsibilities of First Nations and other local communities;
- the need for diversified local economies, including renewed and vibrant fisheries and forestry sectors, tourism, aquaculture and new opportunities, and for community access to local resources;
- the need to better understand natural and economic processes through the application of traditional and local knowledge and scientific research, inventory and monitoring efforts;
- the training and education requirements of local people, and opportunities
for researchers and students from around the world; and
- the role of youth and elders in designing a sustainable future.