Your Biosphere

The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized unique region of natural and cultural heritage, spanning the 5 counties of Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens. One of only 16 in Canada.

Our local governments, businesses and communities recognize the special qualities of our natural and cultural heritage, and joined together to help create our biosphere reserve. Together we creatively promote conservation and sustainable development which supports our local economies and communities. We invite you to share and discover the deep sense of place within one of Canada’s most unique regions. The community efforts for sustainability in Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis counties are internationally recognized through distinction as the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.

From our Acadian forests of Kejimikijuk and the Tobeatic, to our diverse resource sectors of farming, forestry and fishing on the Bay of Fundy and Atlantic coasts, and to the vibrant communities between, this is a special place. Southwest Nova’s rich heritage is prominent here. From the history of Mi’kmaq use of lands and waters for travel, substance, medicine and trade, to the rich Acadian culture still vibrant today. This is also a special place of Nature. The unique species of the region include many iconic species like moose, trout and eagle, and several endangered species including many rare plants, Southern flying squirrel and Blanding’s turtle.

Our work at the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association supports these three elements of biosphere reserves:

  • conservation
  • sustainable development, and
  • capacity building for research and education.

We invite you to share in these efforts.

For nature, we support protection of biodiversity, conservation efforts and collaboration for success through education and research.

For culture, we help promote the integrity of cultural resources and heritage in the region.

For industry, we promote and encourage traditional and contemporary sustainable resource management that identifies opportunities for enhancement and innovation.

For communities, we encourage people to work together for common goals in new and expanded partnerships.