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 Lake. If it falls outside the line, it drains away from the Lake. We chose the waterhsed boundary because everything inside that line potentially impacts the Lake itself. The total area represents an ecological functioning unit.
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
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
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