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 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
Biosphere reserves have three major functions: conservation, sustainable economies, and capacity building through education and research. Conservation of countrysides, ecosystems, species, and genetic variation. Sustainable Economies – that are socially, culturally, economically and ecologically sustainable. Logistic support/Capacity building for research, monitoring, education, … Continue reading
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