Striking Balance is here! This video series will showcase Canada’s 16 Biosphere Reserves and the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve will be a part of the first season! Check out this video promoting the series and it will lead you to links for more information. Filming will take place over the next couple of weeks. Make sure to “Like” their FB page
A fund raising concert to support the work of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association (BLBRA) was held at the St Georges Channel Hall on the evening of June 28, 2014. More than 100 … Continue reading
The first line says it all…”Biosphere Reserves are not about nature conservation, they are about people“!
The association was awarded the Destination Cape Breton Association’s INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME award last Friday at a gala awards dinner in Baddeck! The “award recognizes the personal and professional achievement and contribution of an individual or group over many … Continue reading
A nomination document was prepared over a 2 year period, following the guide presented by UNESCO. The Nomination was submitted (June 2010) to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO). They directed their “Man and the Biosphere” (MAB) Committee to evaluate … Continue reading
It is NOT a new level of bureaucracy It is NOT a World Heritage Site It does NOT create any new regulations It does NOT restrict the rights of citizens- aboriginal or non-aboriginal It does NOT create new protected areas
The boundary of the proposed biosphere reserve defines the watershed for the Bras d’Or Lake. It is a line that joins the high points of land all around the Lake. If rain falls inside the line, it runs toward the … Continue reading
We are volunteers who have worked to have the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed designated as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. We now oversee the activities of the Biosphere Reserve. We are a registered society in the province of Nova Scotia.
Biosphere reserves are special places around the world where people are trying to live more sustainably – that means 4 things:
- a healthy environment
- a healthy economy
- a healthy society
- a healthy culture.
Now, isn’t that worth recognizing? That’s what the United Nations thought back in the early 1970′s when they came up with this concept. They wanted to give international recognition to these places – where people could find out more about the special natural resources of an area and how the people were working to save them for future generations.
Together, biosphere reserves form a world network for promoting exchange of information, experience and personnel. Currently (2014), there are 631 BR sites in 119 countries. Sixteen of those are in Canada!