UNESCO – 5 June 2012 – The newly released UNESCO video “Learning to address climate change” shows in four minutes why climate change education is important to shape sustainable development and how it works in practice. It shows how education … Continue reading
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“!
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
No. Land use 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 – to protect … 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.
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!