What ARE Biosphere Reserves ?

The first line says it all…“Biosphere Reserves are not about nature conservation, they are about people“!

What Is A Biosphere reserve?

A “Biosphere Reserve” is an international designation of recognition from UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) for an area in the world which is deemed to demonstrate a “balanced relationship between humans and the biosphere.” This means … Continue reading

What are the Benefits of a Biosphere reserve designation?

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

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 … Continue reading

What was involved with the Nomination process?

A nomination document was prepared over a 2 year period, with great help from Dr. George Francis, following the guide provided by UNESCO. The Nomination was submitted (June 2010) to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO). They directed their “Man … Continue reading

If my land is in the Biosphere reserve is my use of the land restricted?

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

Who oversees the Biosphere reserve?

The activities of the Biosphere Reserve are overseen by the BLBRA. You can reach the association at <contact@blbra.ca>. The association works with other local organizations already focusing on conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building (research, monitoring and education) in their programs.

Why is the outline of the Biosphere so irregular?

The boundary of the proposed biosphere reserve defines the watershed for the Bras d’Or Lake. It is a line that joins the high points of land all around the Lake. If rain falls inside the line, it runs toward the … Continue reading

What A Biosphere Reserve Is NOT

It is NOT a new level of bureaucracy It is NOT a World Heritage Site It does NOT create any new regulations It does NOT restrict the rights of citizens- aboriginal or non-aboriginal It does NOT create new protected areas

What does a Biosphere reserve do?

Biosphere reserves are overseen by a governing body, in this case the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association, and it is through them that the biosphere reserve promotes the ongoing activities in the area, facilitates new projects, develops the cooperation … Continue reading