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Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do; learn more about the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals!

17 SDG's


The UNESCO Biosphere Regions were created to promote solutions in the reconciling of biological conservation with its sustainable use. They are learning sites for sustainable development under diverse ecological, cultural and economic contexts.

There are many different viewpoints of the concept of sustainability, that vary culturally and socially worldwide. The basis sustainability is the ‘capacity to be continued at a certain level or functioning”.  In the context of the UN Sustainability Goals, this applies to environmental, social and economic sustainability, and the processes and actions through which we can avoid depletion of natural resources, promote human well-being and ensure the quality of life of current and future generations increases.

The concept of sustainability has existed within cultures for centuries. The missions of UNESCO Biospheres align with the cultural beliefs and practises of Indigenous people, who have sustainability lived off the lands for generations. Indigenous people have used these lands to secure resources with the knowledge that resources should not be used beyond the ability of future generations to also use them.  The concept can be seen in the Seventh Generation principle in Haundensaunee knowledge which emphasizes that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.

One of the best ways to inspire sustainable mindsets and initiatives within local communities is to get outside and connect with nature. Getting connected with our natural environment can help improve human livelihood, inspire innovative approaches to economic development that are culturally and environmentally sustainable and help safeguard the Frontenac Arch for generations to come!

At the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network, we work to incorporate many of the UN Sustainable Development goals into our programs and outreach. Our Nature Camps aim to bring a new approach to learning through fostering connections with our natural environment and exploring the natural wonders of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Our Nature Camps work with many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals relating to Quality Education (Goal 4), Life on Land (Goal 15), Climate Action (Goal 13) and Partnership for the Goals (Goal 17). Through education and hands-on experiences with nature, the FABN Nature Camps work to build deeper connections between youth and the environment. The knowledge and experiences gained from outdoor education help youth make sustainable choices and allow them to share that knowledge with others, building community sustainability and resilience.

The Frontenac Arch Biosphere has amazing ecosystems, that are home to many incredible plants and animals, and many diverse communities. Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Frontenac Arch promotes finding local solutions to global issues and ensures the environment will be protected and communities will flourish for years to come. 

There are many ways that sustainability can be implemented in everyday life. Small actions such as reducing waste, buying locally grown produce or increasing the energy efficiency of homes can have huge impacts! There are many things you can do to be sustainable in your home. This not only protects valuable resources and prevents damage to the environment, but can also save you money!

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