Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, located at Vancouver Island University, is dedicated to community engagement, relationship building and knowledge sharing. MABRRI focuses on research and community engagement initiatives primarily within the UNESCO-designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, but also uphold VIU’s Academic Research Plan by working on projects across Vancouver Island.
MABRRI’s mission is to advance a program of inquiry that involves regional stakeholders in meaningful explorations of issues of local relevance. By harnessing the knowledge of the MABR community and the interdisciplinary strengths of students and faculty at Vancouver Island University, MABRRI is a centre for collaborative research, innovation, and knowledge sharing that elevates the relationship between people and nature on Vancouver Island and within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.
The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) extends from the top of Mount Arrowsmith—the highest mountain on Southern Vancouver Island—to the bottom of the Salish Sea. It includes five watersheds that drain from Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Moriarty into the sea, the Nanoose Peninsula and the Ballenas-Winchelsea Archipelago.