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Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association

Winter Waterton Biosphere
Photo by Kim Pearson/NCC

The Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association [WBRA] is a non-profit organization focused on linking biodiversity conservation to sustainable human use of resources in the region of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve. Established in the early 1980s, the association has worked closely with local people for over 30 years to integrate conservation values with traditional livelihoods.

WBRA objectives

  • To encourage a sustainable, community-based regional economy, with high quality biodiversity, landscape and social values.
  • To promote public awareness of resource management concerns facing residents of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve area.
  • To participate with area residents in developing projects to address local concerns.
  • To encourage cooperative resource management practices between private landowners and governments by providing a forum for the exchange of information.
Grasslands Waterton Biosphere
Photo by Kim Pearson/NCC

One of the key objectives of the WBRA in the coming years is to continue developing partnerships with other organizations in the region to address priority conservation and sustainability issues. During the last decade, several organizations in southern Alberta and northern Montana have become involved in initiatives that focus on biodiversity conservation and the sustainable land use management in the region. These organizations collectively represent excellent opportunities for potential partnerships and collaboration.

A member of the Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association [CBRA], along with 15 other biosphere reserves in Canada, WBRA will be charting a new course during 2014 with the preparation of a cooperation plan and a closer look at zonation for the reserve. The cooperation plan will better define WBRA’s role in the region, provide direction on the establishment of partnerships, and map out projects and strategies to address priority biodiversity and sustainability issues pertinent to the Waterton Biosphere Reserve area.

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