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 and the Biosphere” (MAB) Committee to evaluate the proposal and to make a recommendation. The evaluation was overseen by Dr. Fred Roots and Dr. George Francis. The MAB committee met in late August (2010) to discuss and to make a decision.
That decision has been made and it was positive!
This means that we had the formal endorsement (signature) by the CCUNESCO MAB committee in Section 5.4 of the nomination document! In September 2010 the Canadian Commission sent the document, along with the MAB Committee’s statement of approval, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, to the UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences. They passed it on to the MAB International Biosphere Reserve Assessment Committee, which reviewed it in February 2011.
They recommended that the nomination be “Approved” !!
It then went to the June 2011 MAB International Coordinating Council (ICC) in Dresden, Germany. The Council made the designation official on June 29th, 2011!