The association was awarded the Destination Cape Breton Association’s INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME award last Friday at a gala awards dinner in Baddeck! The “award recognizes the personal and professional achievement and contribution of an individual or group over many … Continue reading
We have recently updated and improved the use of our on-line Atlas. Click on the map or Here to look at the latest (March 19, 2014) Bras d’Or Lake BIOSPHERE ATLAS!
There will be a public information session about the Biosphere Reserve initiative to create a trail system around the Biosphere (the Bras d’Or Lake watershed). We need your input! Tell us where there are trails already – tell us what … Continue reading
Increases national and international recognition of our communities as a good place to live, work and visit. Our high profile as a tourist destination will increase. Promotes economic development in a sustainable way. Gives government and non-government organizations more power … Continue reading
Biosphere reserves have three major functions: conservation, economic development, and capacity building. Conservation of countrysides, ecosystems, species, and genetic variation. Economic development – that is socially, culturally, economically and ecologically sustainable. Logistic support/Capacity building for research, monitoring, education, and training activities … Continue reading
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
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 (2013), there are 621 BR sites in 117 countries. Sixteen of those are in Canada!