The Annual General Meeting of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association will take place on June 20th, 2013 at the Middle River Community Hall. Guest Speakers: Jim Morrow and Chuck Thompson of the Middle River Watershed Society speaking on … Continue reading
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The Board of Director’s meeting in Red Islands was a great success. Our meeting was held in conjunction with the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative’s (CEPI) Steering Committee meeting. We all received a presentation by Integral Geomatics on the results of … Continue reading
No. Activities (building construction, water course impacts, shoreline manipulation etc.) are already regulated by your municipal, provincial and federal laws. At the present time, NGO’s are working with municipal governments to establish consistent development guidelines in order to protect the … Continue reading
The activities of the Biosphere Reserve will be overseen by the BLBRA working with other local organizations already focusing on conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building (research, monitoring and education) in their programs.
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
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 (2012), there are 610 BR sites in 117 countries. Sixteen of those are in Canada!