Bras d’Or Lakes to be designated a “Biosphere Reserve”


The Bras d’or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association reported on April 9th, 2011, that “the UNESCO International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves has given its approval of the Nomination for the Bras d’Or lake and its watershed to become part of the global Biosphere Reserve network. They will recommend that the Man and the Biosphere’s International Co-ordinating Council officially designate the Bras d’Or at its meeting coming up this June in Dresden, Germany”. After this favorable recommendation it is expected that the official designation will be granted in June.

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust has been supporting the efforts of the Association over the past 8 years, as volunteers worked persistently to achieve this wonderful designation.

Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are intended to achieve three basic functions: conservation, sustainable development, and logistic support for research and education. Together, biosphere reserves form a world network for promoting exchange of information, experience and personnel. Currently, there are over 550 Biosphere Reserve sites in 105 countries. Fifteen of those are in Canada.

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust works with private land owners to conserve biodiversity in the Bras d’Or watershed. Working together, we can demonstrate to the world ways in which humans can live harmoniously with the biosphere. If you are interested in learning how your property can protected for conservation, please contact us, or read more about our conservation programs.

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