We love Howe Sound. After decades of recovery efforts, Howe Sound is coming back to life as the herring, salmon, and orcas return. Howe Sound provides many critical ecosystem services to all of the people living in communities along its shores. That's why we have launched a campaign with a positive vision to Protect Howe Sound for future generations.
Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative
The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative is leading the campaign to have Howe Sound nominated as a UNESCO Biosphere Region and designated by 2020. Howe Sound has the potential to be an outstanding model of sustainability and ecological health, providing a place for people to live, work, and play, now and in the future.
“Biospheres are regions of global ecological significance that make an ongoing commitment to the United Nations to strive for sustainability. They are not parks and aren’t a new layer of regulation. They are places people are inspired to find ways to live and work in harmony with nature. We look forward to building the best future possible for Howe Sound” says Ruth Simons, Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative.
Gambier Island National Park proposal
The David Suzuki Foundation proposes to create a new near-urban national park in Howe Sound, based on the land and the surrounding waters of Gambier Island. They are currently working with several partners to determine the feasibility of this proposal, including extensive consultation with the Gambier Island community and First Nations.