The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve operates as the Biosphere Networkâ€”an incorporated, not-for-profit non-government organization. While it has a governance mechanism of a 19 member Board of Directors and Executive Director, it is in practice a partnership network of some 80 other regional organizations, from cultural, environmental, community and economic groups, and many government agencies.
The Biosphere works to facilitate discussions between the many partner groups, and the community at large. The broad goal of all World Biosphere Reserves is to find ways to protect the globally significant natural and cultural heritage, through sustainable community development. Therefore, the Biosphere Reserveâ€™s Business Plan is a reflection of sustainable community development, and sustainability goals of its partners.
Partners of the Biosphere Network are not necessarily financial supporters; they may simply participate at various levels in projects and programmes. All partners are entirely autonomousâ€”their objectives and goals are in no way determined by the Biosphere.
There are several networks within the Biosphere Network. Some of these are Local Flavours, the Biosphere Trails Council, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve Environmental Educators Network, a conservation network, and a sustainable tourism network. All are interrelated, and fundamental to sustainable community development.
Current FABR partners include: