In the late 1990s, community members – recognizing this unique ecosystem and its pristine biodiversity – decided to come together help and protect it for this and future generations. They came together and applied for a UNESCO Biosphere designation. In 2002, they were successful!

The UNESCO designated Frontenac Arch Biosphere is operated as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conservation, local foods and culture.

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What is UNESCO?

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural  Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO’s programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Under the Natural Sciences stream of UNESCO, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), created in 1971 with a vision to promote a sustainable connection between people and nature.

“Biospheres are living laboratories that boost nature-based solutions for sustainable development.”

Explore Unesco Biosphere Reserves

Explore UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in 134 countries including 19 regions in Canada.

What else does UNESCO do?

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Discover UNESCO’s network of World Heritage Sites, Global Geoparks, Intangible Heritage Elements, and more!