Welcome – Your portal “a doorway” to the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere

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Click on the links above and below for more information about Canada’s newest UNESCO Biosphere!


  • 2015 Annual General Meeting
  • PROJECT UPDATES
  • Citizen Based Monitoring: Click on “Cletus the Crab” for information about the Bras d’Or Watch project
  • Walking Trail around the Biosphere: Click on the Walking Trail WalkingTrail-glyph2(BLUE CIRCLE)logo Crab cartoonto get the latest information!
  • Biosphere Atlas – updated! Check out the Biosphere Atlas by clicking on the image of Cape Breton over there – on the right side of this screen! 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!

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!