Bras d’Or Lake  Biosphere Reserve
Outline of this show... <ul><li>What is a Biosphere Reserve? </li></ul><ul><li>How does an area get this status? </li></ul...
What is a Biosphere Reserve?  <ul><li>..  areas that promote and demonstrate balanced relationships between people and nat...
<ul><li>part of the United Nation’s  Man and the Biosphere  (MAB) program </li></ul><ul><li>areas  internationally  recogn...
<ul><li>A designation of a special area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>where people practice  integrated management  of land, water...
What a Biosphere Reserve  IS NOT <ul><li>It is not a form of  REGULATION </li></ul><ul><li>It is not a new level of  BUREA...
Biosphere Reserves in the World <ul><li>531 biosphere reserves in 105 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Humans are part of the e...
Functions of a Biosphere Reserve Conservation Capacity Building Economic Development 1 2 3
Biosphere Geographic Zones <ul><li>CORE   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… areas  already  protected </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BUFFER ...
Geographic Zones -  example Δ  =  settlements Biosphere CORE   BUFFER AREA OF COOPERATION BUFFER CORE  Δ Δ lake Δ
How does it happen? <ul><li>Nomination document to be prepared.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
The Bras d’Or Lake  Biosphere Reserve ~ 3600 km 2 Courtesy ADI, Ltd.
Bras d’Or Lake BR - Advantages <ul><li>International recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Economic  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., T...
Bras d’Or Lake BR   – “Core” Areas <ul><li>Wilderness areas – e.g., Middle River </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Reserves – e.g.,...
What activities would happen in a BR? - examples <ul><li>Public information </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Who is working on this? <ul><li>Volunteers – a “Steering Committee” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>since 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><l...
Where are we today? <ul><li>Office established: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 711, 532 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS  B0E 1B0...
UNESCO – MAB Programme <ul><li>http://www.unesco.org/mab/ </li></ul>More Information
<ul><li>http://www.biospherecanada.ca/ </li></ul>Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association
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Bras D'or Lakes Biosphere Reserve

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

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