Natural and Cultural Heritage

The Fundy Biosphere Region includes many communities and cities and varied land uses including industrial, agricultural, and forestry in urban and rural settings.

This is an ecologically diverse area, spanning a variety of ecosystems and natural habitats including inland and coastal environments. This area has a rich cultural heritage; First Peoples, principally Mi’kmaq, have inhabited the area for time immemorial, followed by French settlers beginning in the early 17th century and English settlers beginning in the mid-18th century. It is this vibrant natural and cultural heritage, as well as the presence of the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy, that contributed to the designation of the area as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Through our work, we strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard our cultural and natural heritage; preserve Indigenous and Acadian culture through language; provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces; pay special attention to air quality and waste management; and support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban and rural areas by strengthening regional development planning.