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The west coast of Vancouver Island defines the phrase ‘an area of outstanding beauty’. From the majestic ice capped mountains to the untouched cedar-lined coasts - eco-systems thrive almost undisturbed
This is one of the last places on the Northwest coast, where there is coastal temperate rain forest – the old growth forest.
A lot of the natural habitat hasn’t been destroyed and is still intact, there is so much biodiversity.
The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve is a 350.000 hectare chunk of land and ocean that is designated under the UNESCO biosphere reserve program.
This particular special place was designated in 1970 through tremendous efforts by local First Nations communities and local leaders. The biosphere comprises three main areas: a huge core protected area, a buffer zone or transition zone in which minimal activities can take place, usually around conservation, and of course an area that they call a zone of cooperation where you see most of the development.
It’s a really broad mandate they have, but at the bottom of it, it is that balance between people and the eco-systems that exits there.