The Biosphere Centre is a place of sharing and learning in and for the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve region. Within the UNESCO themes of education, science and culture, the Biosphere Centre will be a physical space for convening the region to achieve our shared vision of living sustainably in a healthy ecosystem, with a diversified economy and strong, vibrant and united cultures. We envision a welcoming place and a community space – where residents, visitors and researchers feel equally comfortable – where scientists and storytellers can share their valuable information and teachings. We picture a community “living room” that brings together people, place and learning.
The Biosphere Centre is a home for the delivery of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve programs and projects. Just as the CBT’s governance model has brought together all of the communities in the Biosphere Region since being established in 2000, the Biosphere Center will create an opportunity for convening and sharing regionally. Centrally located, the building will be a place of innovation and experimentation grounded in the traditional Nuu-chah-nulth governance model. The space will be fluid, adapting to our needs as a traditional long house could be adapted to the seasons and activities. The surrounding outdoor space will also be inviting while conveying and displaying CBT values and programs.