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The Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve

The Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve

On June 29th, 2011, the International Coordinating Council (ICC) in Dresden, Germany made the official designation of the Bras d'Or Lakes Biosphere, Canada's 16th 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.”

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The Goals of a Biosphere reserve

Biosphere reserves have three major functions: conservation, economic development, and capacity building.

  1. Conservation of countrysides, ecosystems, species, and genetic variation.
  2. Economic development – that is socially, culturally, economically and ecologically sustainable.
  3. Logistic support/Capacity building for research, monitoring, education, and training activities related to the promotion of conservation and sustainable development.

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Biosphere Reserve Association

BLBRA The activities of the Biosphere Reserve will be overseen by the BLBRA working with other local organizations already focusing on conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building in their programs.

How to contact the BLBRA

Phone: (902) 674-2578
Mail: 532 Chebucto St., P.O. Box 711, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

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 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 (2012), there are 610 BR sites in 117 countries. Sixteen of those are in Canada!

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