The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (BRI)

The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (BRI), lead by Ruth Simons, is one step closer to shedding parts of the region’s industrial past in exchange for an environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to economic growth. On October 18, Metro Vancouver’s Climate Action Committee voted unanimously to back the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative. Read more ….

As members of the BRI push forward to submit their comprehensive application to attain a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, Ruth, Member of Parliament Patrick Weiler, and Joyce Williams will be presenting the completed nomination document to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in Ottawa on December 2, 2019.

To learn more about Biosphere Reserves, click here:

MLSS is 100% supportive of the BRI for Howe Sound and would like to relay our collaborative synergy to Ruth and her efforts to obtain the endorsement of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in time for the meeting. The glass sponge reefs are Internationally significant and ecologically important. The 10 Glass Sponge Reef refuges are the core protected areas in the marine area featured in the nomination.

For those unfamiliar with Howe Sound, view this incredible new video posted by Bob Turner, a member of the BRI, on A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Atl’ka7tsem – Howe Sound


Rockfish in glass sponge reef. Photo by Adam Taylor.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina Halldorson says:

    I would appreciate a definition of a Biosphere region. I don’t have a full comprehension of it. May you enlighten me. Thanks much.

    Christina M Cully 604-813-8851 Sent from my iPhone


    1. mlssbc says:

      Hi, Christina. Great question!

      Here is a link to the Howe Sound Biosphere Reserve Initiative website:

      If you click the ‘Who We Are’ drop down menu, there is lots of info there about Biosphere Reserves.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

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