Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society


Mission Statement

The mission of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is to support the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region Community to live sustainably in a healthy ecosystem, with a diversified economy and strong, vibrant and united cultures while embracing the Nuu-chah–nulth First Nations “living” philosophies of iisaak (living respectfully), qwa‘ aak qin tiič mis (life in the balance), and hišukniš c̓awaak (everything is one and interconnected).
It does so by providing funding and logistical support for research, education and training initiatives that promote conservation and sustainable development. The CBT will facilitate the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experience both locally and globally. The CBT will accomplish these objectives by working creatively and proactively within the framework of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme.


The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) delivers programs and initiatives that enhance community and ecosystem vitality in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region on the central west coast of Vancouver Island. Our goal is to model sustainable ways for human societies to thrive in balance with our natural environments.
Since 2000, we have focused on: facilitating and coordinating healthy community and ecosystem initiatives; empowering youth to make positive change; and co-leading sustainability research, education and training. From publishing Vital Signs, a community-health snapshot, to showcasing sustainability solutions and leading ecosystem research, we work with our communities to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development. As a Community Foundation, we provide annual grants to social and environmental change-makers in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

Program Details

The CBT facilitates a range of programming, projects and initiatives, all of which are listed below. Each initiative is described and explained in detail in our 2019-2021 Business Plan, which you can view here:
- Creating a Biosphere Centre (a community hub dedicated to advancing the CBT Mission and Vision)
- West Coast NEST Education Tourism Initiative
- Eat West Coast, a regional food security initiative
- Leadership Vancouver Island, a local leadership development program
- Coastal Family Resource Coalition, a network of community health service providers
- Sustainability Research, Education, and Training
- Living Wage, a biennial calculation and publication about the cost of living in the region
- Vital Signs, a biennial report measuring social, environmental and economic indicators of community health
- Remote Listening Station, an environmental research station in Sydney Inlet.
- Biosphere Reserve Management University Curriculum with Royal Roads Univeristy
- Sustainability Research, Education, and Training in partnership with numerous education institutions ranging from public schools to universities in Canada and internationally.
As a community foundation, the CBT also provides annual funding through the following grant areas: Vital Grants, Biosphere Research Award, Community Development, Arts and Culture, Youth and Education, Research and Environment, Neighbourhood Small Grants, Education Awards, and Field Trip Funding.

Primary Issue
Climate Change
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Tofino, BC VOR 2Z0
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