1 Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve An Introduction
Dr. Bob Maher
Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association (SNBRA)
Senior Research Scientist Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)
2 Brief Outline
What is the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (SNBR)
UNESCO-MAB program and a definition of the term Biosphere Reserve
Functions of the Biosphere
Structure of the SNBR (geographic biological cultural and administrative)
Projects partnerships and community involvement
Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)
3 The UNESCO-MAB Program
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization- Man and the Biosphere
There are 531 biospheres distributed between 105 countries all working toward a common purpose
Reduce loss of
Improve quality of life
Enhance environmental sustainability
4 What is a Biosphere Reserve
Areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems recognised by UNESCOs Man and the Biosphere Program as being uniquely important culturally and ecologically while promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.
They are places for promoting demonstrating a balanced relationship between people and nature. 5 Functions of a Biosphere Reserve
Three Main Functions
-Conservation contribute to the conservation of landscapes ecosystems biodiversity.
-Development to foster economic and human development which is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable
-Logistic Support provide support for research monitoring education and information exchange related to local national and global issues of conservation and development
6 Structure of the Biosphere
Biosphere Reserves are arranged into three interrelated zones
The core area
The buffer zone
The transition area
7 Where Does the SNBR fit in relative to the Rest of Canada
The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (SNBR) is one of 15 Biosphere Reserves in Canada.
It is the second largest and the most Easterly. 8 The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve
In September 2001 the region of Southwest Nova received designation as a UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve
The SNBR is made up by the five counties of Annapolis Digby Yarmouth Shelburne and Queens
Kejimikujik National Park and National Historic Site and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area serve as the core conservation areas.
9 Mission Statement The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association
The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association (SNBRA) will seek to balance the conservation of natural and cultural heritage with sustainable resource development to support prosperous local economies and healthy communities.
10 SNBRA Governance
Each biosphere has its own system of governance to ensure it meets
its functions and objectives
SNBRA Board of Directors
(7) Municipal Government First Nations
5 Municipal Councillors
Annapoils Digby Yarmouth Shelburne Queens
2 First Nations Appointees
(7) Industry Development Directors
Industry Community and Development Agencies
(7) Non-Government Directors
11 Why Do We Need Biosphere Reserves
Biosphere Reserves are designed to respond to the challenge of balancing economic interests with the needs of conservation. They provide the opportunity to experiment to do things a new way while sharing the lessons we learn with the larger world community.
They are regions committed to voluntary participation and to the goals of sustainable development
- to provide for the needs of today while also enabling healthy and productive communities in the future.
12 Benefits of Biosphere Reserves
Support for innovative programs
Encourage sustainable development
Improves communication within the region
Fosters local pride and empowerment
Attracts new industry research funding and interest
Puts a place firmly on the worlds map
Brings positive national and international recognition to the area
Distinguishes the region as a special and unique place one deserving of the prestige of being designated a Biosphere Reserve
Increases the probability of healthy communities and sustainable livelihoods
13 Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve
The SNBR is unique and
worthy of its biosphere
designation for several reasons
- It is one of the most important ancestral areas for the Mikmaq First Nation.
- Forestry tourism and conservation are major activities in the area. It takes perseverance innovation and commitment to reconcile these various interests.
- Scientific interest 14 Current Projects
Community mapping and Atlas Project
15 Partners of the SNBRA
Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI)
Friends of Keji
Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association (CBRA)
Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI)
Tobeatic Wilderness Committee
Destination Southwest Nova
Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)
Nova Scotia Community College
Mersey River Chalets
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Tusket River Environment al Protection Agency (TREPA)
Queens County Fish Game
16 Related Websites
Specie at risk www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca
17 Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) 18 Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) 19 Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) 20 Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) 21 For More Information Please Contact Dr. Bob Maher Senior Research Scientist Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) Middleton NS Email robert.maher_at_nscc.ca Phone 825-5477 Maegan Power-Noble Project Coordinator Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association (SNBRA) Middleton NS Email maegan.power-noble_at_nscc.ca 22 Thank you very much
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