20 New Biosphere Reserves named, 2 in Canada!

The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in the capital of Peru on 18 and 19 March. The newly adopted sites include 18 national site and one transboundary site shared between Spain and Portugal. The Council also approved 9 extensions to existing Biosphere Reserves. Following the withdrawal of two sites at the request of Austria, this brings the total number of biosphere reserves to 669 sites in 120 countries, including 16 transboundary sites.


The Man and the Biosphere Programme was created by UNESCO in the early 1970s as an intergovernmental scientific endeavour to improve relations between people around the world and their natural environment. Biosphere reserves are places for learning about sustainable development aiming to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with the sustainable use of natural resources. New reserves are designated each year by the International Co-ordinating Council of the Programme, which brings together elected representatives of 34 UNESCO Member States.

The following Canadian sites joined the network this year:

Beaver Hills (Canada)—Located in the province of Alberta in western Canada, this morainic landscape developed its characteristic Boreal-zone features of abundant wetlands, shallow lakes and rock formations during the progressive retreat of glaciers some 12,000 years ago. Today, the reserve comprises a mixture of lands modified by agricultural activity, mixed wood forests, grasslands and wetlands. The diversity of forest and upland habitats provided optimal conditions for bison, deer, elk and moose, as well as diverse and abundant waterfowl, and an abundant beaver population. Thirty-six plants and six plant communities within the moraine are considered sensitive due to low distribution within the province. Agriculture provides a livelihood to most of the biosphere’s 12,000 permanent inhabitants

Tsá Tué (Canada)—Located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the area is the homeland of the Sahtúto’ine (The Bear Lake People). It includes Great Bear Lake, the last pristine arctic lake, and part of its watershed. The Taiga that covers much of the site is important to wildlife species including the muskox, general moose and caribou. The only human residents in the site are the traditional First Nation Dene Déline (whose name means “where the water flows”). Their community of 600 is established on the western shore of the lake, where they live off harvesting and limited tourism activity.

The newest international Biosphere Reserves include: Monts de Tlemcen (Algeria), Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana), La Hotte (Haiti), Agasthyamala (India), Balambangan (Indonesia), Hamoun (Iran), Collina Po (Italy), Barsakelmes (Kazakhstan), Belo-sur-Mer—Kirindy-Mitea (Madagascar), Isla Cozumel (Mexico), Atlas Cedar (Morocco), Gran Pajatén (Peru), Albay (Philippines), Fajãs de São Jorge (Portugal), Tejo/Tajo (Portugal and Spain), Jozani-Chwaka Bay (Tanzania), and Isle of Man (United Kingdom).

Extensions to existing biosphere reserves include: Trifinio Fraternidad (Honduras), Toscana (Italy), Mount Hakusan (Japan), Yakushima and Kuchinoerabu Jima (Japan), Mount Odaigahara, Mount Omine and Osugidani Biosphere Reserve (Japan), Noroeste Amotapes – Manglares (Peru), Mont Sorak (Republic of Korea), Shinan Dadohae (Republic of Korea), and Wester Ross (United Kingdom).

Read the full article with Biosphere bios here!

Forest Health Workshop – April 22

GBBR_Forest Health Workshop_Poster
One of the topics is drug and alcohol addiction, this is really big problem in our world. It takes millions of lives every year and we should help other people to overcome their addictions by suggesting them to visit Missouri drug rehab center, they must take action or they will die. This is the only way to help addicted people.
Another big topic we talk about is workouts, how people can stay healthy by going to gym and people who want to compete can even take roids anabolic supplements for better results. To lose your perfect smile because of a missing tooth or two can cause depression and loss of confidence, which in turn may affect your work and personal life. Dental implants from orthodontist The Woodlands are useful in boosting the patient’s morale and overall confidence. Since there is no externally visible difference between a replaced tooth and a natural one after the procedure, it does affect physical appearance positively.

GBBR Interns: Where Are They Now?

Robin mug shotBy Robin Marwege

When I traveled from Germany to do an internship in 2011 at the GBBR and with the White Squall family, I found myself in a fantastic Canadian landscape with wonderful people. Managing communication and outdoor education are my focus, so I kept track of what I was learning on the Bay. My current job is at Leuphana University of Lueneburg, coordinating Sustainable Journalism and Environmental Exhibitions programs.

Many things have changed! Little Malin was born and is now talking to me in almost complete sentences – non-stop entertainment. I moved to the countryside in northern Germany, exploring sustainable living with friends. Our life here reminds me of experiences with the BAG-Ladies and Films-That-Make-You-Think; it is soon seed-swapping time and we’ve just shown the documentary Garbage Warrior. On a personal level, it proves true again that kids are best raised by a community!

What’s next? Baking bread in our self-made clay oven or planning another canoe-trip on the Elbe river… but my time in the GBBR with its people will stay in my mind.

Member Profile: Log Cabin Inn

14897_LogCabinInn_The Log Cabin Inn is a casual fine dining restaurant, owned and operated by Kathy Dalrymple for the last 29 years. A Biosphere Charter Member since 2014, the Log Cabin Inn is nestled 3km south of Parry Sound on the Boyne River. The Log Cabin was destroyed by fire in 2007.  In the rebuild, the new restaurant was designed to complement the beautiful natural surroundings.
Log-Cabin-2The Log Cabin Inn makes an effort to recycle all plastic, glass, cardboard as well as used grease. The restaurant is known throughout Muskoka for its perfect ambiance, fine dining and exceptional wine cellar. Visitors can also enjoy a quiet and relaxing retreat in one of our six over-sized chalets.  Each room is equipped with a fireplace and Jacuzzi. Open 7 days a week year round for your dining pleasure.  Learn more about the Log Cabin Inn!

Member Profile: BCGD

Local graphic designer BCGD has been a proud member of the GBBR since 2013. Specializing in print and branding advertising material, BCGD strives to create great designs paired with eco-friendly printing practices. Using recycled materials, eco friendly inks and working with non-profits are all ways BCGD uses the best new technologies to make positive changes for the environment and businesses.
BCGD offers full-service graphic design services, from branding, print media, web, digital media and everything in between, to clients from Parry Sound and around the world. Designer Brady Carpenter has over eight years of experience in the forefront of new design and technology. Brady and his team deliver affordable, customized and professional graphic design solutions to an extensive client list; from individuals and small business start ups to large companies. BCGD aims to improve businesses by delivering effective solutions based on innovative technologies and clean designs.

Member Profile: Crofter’s Food Ltd.

GeoBayShore_BH_Mang_WB sm CroftersPlant_June22015 640x640A Biosphere Charter Member since 2013, and established in 1989, Crofter’s Food Ltd. is a family-owned organic food manufacturer in Parry Sound. The Crofter’s plant is located on the banks of the Seguin River at the mouth to Georgian Bay. The staff at Crofter’s find Parry Sound’s surroundings inspiring for creating quality, organic, low-sugar fruit spreads and serves as a daily reminder why organic agriculture and sustainable choices are so important to our future.

Georgian Bay has drawn people to the area for centuries, and Crofter’s wants to make sure it remains a part of our heritage for generations to come. By supporting community initiatives and operating a sustainable business – a business that can be sustained environmentally, and by workers, consumers and a profitable bottom line – Crofter’s believes there can be many small but measurable positive impacts in our community and the world.

Crofter’s continues to be family owned and employ over 40 people; one of the largest employers in the area. Crofter’s is proud to support the GBBR as a charter member.