Canada's Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound -- an area renowned for its rich Indigenous culture, biodiversity, and distinct geography -- has become the nation’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region. UNESCO Biosphere Regions are areas of global ecological significance that make an ongoing commitment to strive for a low-carbon future, while balancing livability, resilience, and prosperity. This designation represents two decades of tireless collaborative efforts among First Nations, all levels of government, NGOs, various industry sectors, scientists, post-secondary institutions, and citizens to restore the region after more than a century of environmental degradation. Its many achievements include the discovery by citizen scientists of glass sponge reefs in the depths of Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound that were thought to be extinct.

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