Functions

Conservation , Development, & Capacity Building

Biosphere Reserves fulfill a conservation, a development, and a logistic function. The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is no exception, as it also fulfills the three functions.

Biosphere Reserve functions: conservation, development & logistics,

Biosphere Reserve functions: conservation, development & logistics

Conservation

  • Support voluntary conservation measures to protect landscapes, habitats, species and genetic diversity in the core, buffer and cooperation zones.
  • Encourage conservation of species of commercial and traditional importance.
  • Promote increased recognition and understanding of the natural environment of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.
  • Preserve the ecological integrity of the protected Wilderness of Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site of Canada and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area through appropriate management and community stewardship.

Sustainable Development

  • Protect and enhance the quality of life enjoyed by citizens of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.
  • Promote increased recognition and understanding of the cultural heritage of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.
  • Promote demonstration sites to illustrate traditional sustainable practices of the regional economy.
  • Encourage development of innovative resource use and conservation techniques to explore new approaches to local resource issues.
  • Encourage development of appropriate nature-based recreation that is ecologically sustainable (eco-tourism).

Capacity building (logistic support)

  • Gain the support and voluntary cooperation of the businesses, industries and communities of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve to support conservation and development activities.
  • Facilitate citizen participation to inform conservation and development planning and implementation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.
  • Develop and promote successful local examples of cultural, educational, ecological research and development in the region.
  • Develop opportunities for participation of students, teachers and community leaders in Biosphere Reserve activities to improve local awareness of cultural heritage and natural environment.
  • Support scientific research and monitoring of ecological systems and socio-economic patterns of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, to obtain further understanding of environmental conditions to support sustainable resource management.
  • Facilitate cooperation among federal and provincial agencies and private landowners with respect to conservation and development objectives.
  • Facilitate the resolution of local issues and concerns, and identify opportunities for cooperation by bringing different sectors and perspectives to the table.