Unesco World Biosphere - Bruce Peninsula
The Unesco World Biaosphere of the Bruce Peninsula
The Bruce Peninsula is home to one of the world's Unesco Biospheres. The Niagara Escarpment is a place worth preserving - with it's towering limestone cliffs, ancient cedars and rare plant life.
- About the Niagara Escarpment
Unesco World Bioshpere
- Bruce Peninsula
UNESCO WORLD BIOSPHERE
About the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve
The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve is situated in the Canadian province of Ontario. The biosphere reserve stretches 725 km from Lake Ontario (near Niagara Falls) to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula (between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron). Much of the Escarpment corridor is forested and crosses two major biomes: boreal needle leaf forests in the north and temperate broadleaf forests in the south. The biosphere reserve also includes wetland complexes, cliff faces, slopes and aquatic ecosystems.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named Ontario's Escarpment a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990. This designation recognizes the Niagara Escarpment as an internationally significant ecosystem for its special environment and unique environmental plan.
The biosphere reserve consists of the consists of the provincially adopted Niagara Escarpment Plan Area (190,270 ha) including two national parks. The area covered by the Niagara Escarpment Plan is located within portions of eight counties or regions, which include 22 local municipalities.
Biosphere reserves demonstrate a balance between conservation and development. A reserve must have one or more protected core areas that conserve significant ecological features.
BRUCE PENINSULA BIOSPHERE ASSOCIATION
The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to achieving a healthy community on the Bruce Peninsula by promoting a healthy environment.
Established in 2000, it became the first community committee to implement the concepts of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves along the Niagara Escarpment. The Association promotes a healthy, sustainable community with a balance between local development and ecological conservation. It strives to build local capacity by providing support for research, monitoring, education and information exchange re-lated to local issues.
Administered by a volunteer board of directors, the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association represents diverse members of the community, including conservationists, business owners, hunters and anglers, teachers and students, First Nations, farmers and several others. This collaboration among a wide range of community members is the foundation to the Association’s guiding principles, representing all interests in the community to achieve a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community on the Bruce Peninsula.