Welcome – What’s new at the Bras d’Or Biosphere

Nov 23, 2014 by Jim Foulds Comments»

happy_holidays2014A Biosphere Christmas: Why not celebrate the season with a gift to your Biosphere! The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere relies on donors like you to support the work we do. Any amount will help. Click on the Join/Donate button to the right and you can use one of the convenient options to help us! You can make a difference!

Climate Change and Small Island States: Learn more about how Climate Change is going to affect Island States – like Cape Breton…A free Massive Open Online Course begins January 1st, 2015. Check out: https://www.coursera.org/course/sids

Biosphere Atlas – updated! Check out the Biosphere Atlas by clicking on the picture of Cape Breton in the right-hand column! The Atlas has recently been updated with more information about people and places in the Bras d’Or Biosphere. Make sure you let is know [at contact@blbra.ca] if you want to add anything. st_georges

Board of Directors Meeting: The latest meeting of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association was on Thursday, November 20th – 1:30-4:30 @ the St. Georges Channel Hall. The local association (South Mountain Arm of Gold) is a member of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Association and proudly displays their support for the Bras d’Or Biosphere in their hall! Our next Board meeting will be in the new year – January 22nd – in St. Peters.

Updates for Municipalities: The Association is dropping by on Municipal Councils this Fall, providing an update of what we’re up to! It gives a great opportunity to remind municipal representatives that the designation is there for all to capitalize on. Signage is a topic we will be focusing on – to help build awareness of the UNESCO designation for visitors and local folks alike!

Click this link to view a new video from UNESCO that helps explain what Biosphere Reserves are all about. The first line of dialogue is important to appreciate…”Biosphere reserves are not about nature conservation – they are about people.”

What is the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association?


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!