Fonds S902 - Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association fonds

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Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association fonds

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  • 1974 - ? (Creation)
    Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

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7.09 m of textual and other records

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The Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association (CBRA) facilitates the creation of new biosphere reserves, supports and connects Canadian biosphere reserves, develops and manages national projects, and creates opportunities for Canada's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. CBRA was formed in 1996, incorporated in 1997, received official charitable status in 1998.

In 1971 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) launched its Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) to improve the relationship between people and the environment around the world. Biosphere Reserves became a main component of the MAB Programme, as they allowed for designated areas to promote ecological sustainability as well as social and economic initiatives. At this time the Canada/MAB program was based in Parks Canada under Senior Policy Advisor, Harold Eidsvik.

In the 1970s, two Biosphere Reserves were designated in Canada: Mont Saint Hilaire in Quebec (1978); and Waterton in Alberta (1979). At that time, the federal government was responsible for nominating areas to UNESCO, and Parks Canada and Environment Canada oversaw the organization. In 1980, the Biosphere Reserves Working Group was created to facilitate support reserves. By 1990, six Biosphere Reserves had been created in Canada. In 1996 the BRWG, with representatives from each biosphere reserve, formed the Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association to enhance the scope of support and program activities. Today there are 18 biosphere reserve sites in Canada.

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The fonds contains records of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association and its predecessor the Biosphere Reserves Working Group. It includes correspondence, reports, publications, minutes, photographs, and other material.

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  • Shelf: Room 1-124 Shelf 18-2-7