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UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association

Record #: MDS0057
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019
Last Full Update: 27 Aug 2015


Located In Western Nova Scotia
Areas Served Annapolis County ; Digby County ; Queens County (NS) ; Shelburne County ; Yarmouth County


Contact John Sollows Drysdale, Secretary; Phone: 902-742-2802; Email:
Alternate Contact Email:
Mailing Address c/o John Sollows 
PO Box B5A 5G4 
399 Wyman Road 
Sand Beach, NS 
Canada B5A 5G4
Volunteers Wanted (Email)

Description & Services

The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized unique region of natural and cultural heritage, spanning the 5 counties of Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens in NS. One of only 15 in Canada. 
SNBRA’ s Mission is to deliver and facilitate programs that empower and educate youth, citizens and industry on the benefits of maintaining a sustainable biosphere reserve while supporting scientific and other research necessary to effect the objectives of the biosphere reserve. 
Our local governments, businesses and communities recognize the special qualities of our natural and cultural heritage,and joined together to help create our biosphere reserve. Together we creatively promote conservation & sustainable development which supports our local economies & communities. We invite you to share and discover the deep sense of place within one of Canada's most unique regions. The community efforts for sustainability in Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis counties are internationally recognized through distinction as the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. 
From our Acadian forests of Kejimikijuk and the Tobeatic, to our diverse resource sectors of farming, forestry and fishing on the Bay of Fundy and Atlantic coasts, and to the vibrant communities between, this is a special place. Southwest Nova's rich heritage is prominent here. From the history of Mi'kmaq use of lands and waters for travel, substance, medicine and trade, to the rich Acadian culture still vibrant today. This is also a special place of Nature. The unique species of the region include many iconic species like moose, trout and eagle, and several endangered species including many rare plants, Southern flying squirrel and Blanding's turtle. 
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. 
Our work at the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association supports these three elements of biosphere reserves: conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building for research and education. We invite you to share in these efforts 
SNBRA's Vision: we envision a healthy and sustainable biosphere while respecting our culture, quality of life and natural resources.