Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve


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Presentation delivered by Don Ross, Executive Director of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve at the November 17th "Economies in Transition" forum hosted by The Ontario Rural Council and the Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership.

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Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve

  1. 1. Presentation to The Ontario Rural Council Municipal Cultural Planning Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Frontenac Arch Biosphere
  2. 2. FABR 101
  3. 3. FABR 101
  4. 4. FABR 101 <ul><li>Frontenac Arch Biosphere is one of Canada’s 15 biosphere reserves, among 529 in 105 countries </li></ul><ul><li>FABR was designated in November, 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves are globally significant natural environments, mandated to support and educate towards sustainable community development </li></ul><ul><li>There are fewer than 12 locations worldwide with dual UNESCO designations - the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site lies inside this World Biosphere Reserve </li></ul>
  5. 5. FABR 101 <ul><li>FABR and all biosphere reserves have no powers or authority: celebrate the region’s global significance </li></ul><ul><li>FABR is a community partnership network: there are 80+ partners </li></ul><ul><li>FABR is a non-profit, federally incorporated organization, with a 19 person Board of Directors; operates with community support and project income, with no on-going government funding </li></ul>
  6. 6. FABR 101
  7. 7. ICSP: Integrated Community Sustainability Planning <ul><li>Integrated Community Sustainability Planning is about planning for the future of a community, and working together to achieve those plans for current and future generations </li></ul><ul><li>Federation of Canadian Municipalities </li></ul>
  8. 8. ICSP: Integrated Community Sustainability Planning <ul><li>Sustainability is a four worded letter: </li></ul><ul><li>A balance in society, culture, </li></ul><ul><li>environment, economy </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs </li></ul><ul><li>Brundtland Commission; UN, 1987 </li></ul>
  9. 9. ICSP: Integrated Community Sustainability Planning
  10. 10. ICSP: Integrated Community Sustainability Planning <ul><li>Culture is the soul of the Community </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Costas Christ, Chairman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Travel and Tourism Council </li></ul></ul>It’s all about ensuring the long term viability of the tourism industry. EOVCP Saving the Eastern Ontario Look ICSP: Integrating Culture into Community Sustainability Planning
  12. 12. <ul><li>EOVCP PROJECT OBJECTIVES </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the “Eastern Ontario Look” - the visual and landscape characteristics that define the district </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the challenges and opportunities to preserve these characteristics into the future </li></ul><ul><li>Make the information widely available </li></ul><ul><li>______________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Planners are well placed to undertake this work </li></ul>
  13. 13. VISUAL CHARACTER THEMES <ul><li>Natural Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Waterways </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Special Places </li></ul><ul><li>Military Places </li></ul><ul><li>Main Streets </li></ul><ul><li>Scenic Routes </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture </li></ul>
  14. 14. Eastern Ontario Visual Character Project Character Statement: Rolling, heavily forested landscape with numerous lakes, swamps, bogs, rock ridges and barrens. Small pockets of productive land allow for small-scale farming and hobby farming. Abandoned fields and vacant dairy barns, stone houses, old farmhouses and other relict landscape features are common. Natural Area: Frontenac Arch Shield Farms
  15. 15. Eastern Ontario Visual Character Project Character Statement: Fort Henry is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site that is a living monument to the important military role that Kingston and the St. Lawrence played in the evolution of Canada. Historic Military Precinct: Old Fort Henry
  16. 16. Residential Eastern Ontario Visual Character Project Distinctive Buildings and Structures Victorian mansions in Belleville, Kingston, Brockville and Perth are evident. More humble pioneer log homes, French Canadian style houses or red brick houses are also found. Gilnockie is a typical limestone house of Eastern Ontario. Kars L’Original Perth Merrickville Manotick Brockville Cumberland Rockcliffe
  17. 17. Rural Industrial and Agriculture Eastern Ontario Visual Character Project Distinctive Buildings and Structures Upper Canada Village typifies rural buildings and structures of Eastern Ontario. Elsewhere, old stone mills, such as those in Carleton Place, Smith Falls and Manotick, show the history of water power in our area. Rural fairgrounds, old general stores and farm houses reflect the agricultural past and present. Almonte Delta Mill Aberdeen Pavilion Bedford Mill Kars
  18. 18. Eastern Ontario Visual Character Project Distinctive Buildings and Structures The Rideau Canal is uniquely associated with Eastern Ontario including the various Lockmaster houses, such as Upper Nicholson’s. Other notable bridges include the stone bridge in Pakenham, the Minto Bridges near Rideau Falls and the Alexandria Bridge. Transportation Facility Rideau Canal South Pakenham Lyndhurst Bridge
  19. 19. WHY DOES VISUAL CHARACTER MATTER? • Visual Character as an Indicator…community identity • Importance of Awareness …a heritage balance sheet • Value of Planning and Seeing “The Big Picture” • Planning for Land Use in combination with Landscape and Visual Character Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone Joni Mitchell; Big Yellow Taxi
  20. 20. <ul><li>WHY DOES CULTURE MATTER TO VISUAL CHARACTER ? </li></ul><ul><li>• Culture is the soul & expression of the community </li></ul><ul><li>• Value of Awareness: economic balance sheet </li></ul><ul><li> eg., N. Carolina’s Handmade in America program doubled culture’s </li></ul><ul><li>contribution to economy </li></ul><ul><li>• Culture is the vehicle of differentiation for a region, and the key ingredient in marketing </li></ul><ul><li>• Integration of Culture in community sustainability planning reinforces value of environment & history </li></ul><ul><li>Community investment in Culture leads to economic equity </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sustainability is all 4 pillars in balance…