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  • 1. Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve
  • 2. Outline of this show...
    • What is a Biosphere Reserve?
    • How does an area get this status?
    • The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve?
    • Who is working on it?
    • Where are we today?
  • 3. What is a Biosphere Reserve?
    • .. areas that promote and demonstrate balanced relationships between people and nature
    Nature People
  • 4.
    • part of the United Nation’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program
    • areas internationally recognized by UNESCO *
    What is a Biosphere Reserve? * United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • 5.
    • A designation of a special area
      • where people practice integrated management of land, water, and biodiversity
    • A reward and international recognition
      • for activities currently going on within the area that promote economic and human development in harmony with nature
    What is a Biosphere Reserve?
  • 6. What a Biosphere Reserve IS NOT
    • It is not a form of REGULATION
    • It is not a new level of BUREAUCRACY
    • It is not a World Heritage Site
    • It does not create protected areas
    • It does not restrict the RIGHTS of citizens - aboriginal or non-aboriginal
  • 7. Biosphere Reserves in the World
    • 531 biosphere reserves in 105 countries
    • Humans are part of the ecosystem!
    • 14 in Canada – 1 in Nova Scotia
    • Examples…
      • Galápagos Islands
      • Hawaiian Islands
      • Amazon Rain Forest
      • Southwest Nova …..
  • 8. Functions of a Biosphere Reserve Conservation Capacity Building Economic Development 1 2 3
  • 9. Biosphere Geographic Zones
    • CORE
      • … areas already protected
    • BUFFER
      • … areas surrounding or near the core areas
    • AREA OF COOPERATION
      • … the remaining area
  • 10. Geographic Zones - example Δ = settlements Biosphere CORE BUFFER AREA OF COOPERATION BUFFER CORE Δ Δ lake Δ
  • 11. How does it happen?
    • Nomination document to be prepared..
      • Comprehensive
      • Shows how the area is unique and meets the criteria for a Biosphere Reserve
      • Shows public support
    • Submitted to the MAB office in Ottawa
    • Ottawa “nominates” the area to UNESCO
    • UNESCO makes the decision
  • 12. The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve ~ 3600 km 2 Courtesy ADI, Ltd.
  • 13. Bras d’Or Lake BR - Advantages
    • International recognition
    • Economic
      • e.g., Tourism
    • Development $ leverage
    • Sustainable life styles promoted
    • Capacity building
      • Education, research and monitoring
    • Networking power - nationally and internationally
  • 14. Bras d’Or Lake BR – “Core” Areas
    • Wilderness areas – e.g., Middle River
    • Nature Reserves – e.g., Bornish Hills
    • Provincial Parks
    • Land easements
    • C2 multiple use IRM lands – Crown land
    • NewPage managed sites
    • National Historic Sites
    • Kidston Island
    – “ Buffer” Areas
  • 15. What activities would happen in a BR? - examples
    • Public information
    • Education
      • Workshops of “best practices”
    • Logistic Support
      • Research
      • Monitoring
    • Support and collaborate with other initiatives to protect and enhance the Lake and its watershed
  • 16. Who is working on this?
    • Volunteers – a “Steering Committee”
      • since 2003
    • Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Assoc.
      • formed in 2005
  • 17. Where are we today?
    • Office established:
      • P.O. Box 711, 532 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
      • Tel: 902-674-2578
    • Web site: www.blbra.ca
    • Spreading the word – meeting with …anyone…
    • Growing our membership
    • Completing the nomination form
    • Fund raising
  • 18. UNESCO – MAB Programme
    • http://www.unesco.org/mab/
    More Information
  • 19.
    • http://www.biospherecanada.ca/
    Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association