UNESCO Biospheres are recognized as sites for collaborative research and monitoring at local, regional, and international levels. Our research partnerships help us understand the complex, changing systems in which we live with a focus on biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. We connect across disciplines, cultures, and boundaries while respecting the territorial rights of Indigenous people. 

Iisaak Sin Hay Tiičmis - Regional Wildlife Coexistence Network

In collaboration with Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the CBT is co-secretariat for the iisaak sin hay tiič mis (Respect all Life) Network/West Coast Vancouver Island Coexistence Network. Bringing together local community planners and stakeholders, including representatives from the tourism sector, municipalities, and nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) communities, this working group creates plans to help humans and wildlife coexist in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. More recently, the working group has begun collaborating with conservation leaders on the west coast of Vancouver Island to align regional efforts with initiatives to the north and south (read more below).

Westcoast Indigenous-led Stewardship Corridor

The CBT is supporting the establishment of an Indigenous-led Stewardship Corridor that spans the entire west coast of Vancouver Island. As a co-secretariat of the iisaak sin hay tiičmis - Regional Wildlife Coexistence Network (SHT-RWCN), we've been engaged in regional conversation about terrestrial habitat conservation for years. The Indigenous-led Stewardship Corridor will help align the SHT-RWCN with other progressive land management initiatives along western Vancouver Island.

An initial steering committee composed of Chief Gordon Planes (S’ouke First Nation), Anna Atleo (Maaqtusis H’al Houthi Society, Ahousaht), and Jonquil Crosby (Malnuth Treaty Nations) joined partners Nitya Harris (Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance), Bob Hansen (WildsafeBC), and Laura Loucks (CBT) in February 2020 to begin planning. Check out the notes from the meeting

WildCoast Project

Through the late 2000s and early 2010s, the CBT supported a regional collaboration to learn from local experience about large carnivores (primarily wolves and cougars), their ecology, and the relationship between people and carnivores in Clayoquot Sound.

Through a series of project phases, CBT supported and co-funded a collaboration between Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Central Westcoast Forest Society, Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, and multiple Nuu-chah-nulth communities. Momentum and data from the initiative formed the basis for the establishment of The Iisaak Sin Hay Tiičmis network (see above). Learn more in the Wildcoast Project Primer document