Welcome to the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve!

The Southwestern region of Nova Scotia was desginated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2001. It is one of only 16 ecosystems in Canada with this special designation

Our local governments, businesses and communities recognized the special qualities of our natural and cultural heritage, and joined together to help create our biosphere reserve. The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association seeks to balance the conservation of nature and cultural heritage with sustainable resource development to support prosperous local economies and healthy communities.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve has something to offer. Please explore our website and discover the unique Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve!

For nature, we support conservation efforts and collaboration for success.

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

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

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


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