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

Mar 12, 2015 by Jim Foulds Comments»

Seminar by Dr. Tim Webster this Friday – March 27, 2015 (noon) on Shallow Water Bathymetry at CBU: Click  HERE to see more details!

Board of Directors Meeting: Our next Board meeting is at the Boisdale Fire Hall, 

Thursday – April 16th, 2015 – 1:30 – 4:30 Open to the public. ALL ARE WELCOME !

PROJECT UPDATES: Click on “Cletus the Crab” for information about the Bras d’Or Watch project or the Walking Trail WalkingTrail-glyph2(BLUE CIRCLE)logo Crab cartoon – to get the latest information!




Biosphere Atlas – updated! Check out the Biosphere Atlas by clicking on the image 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!

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?

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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!