UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve Introduces Charter Membership Program

Posted February 23, 2011

The region of the New Brunswick side of the Upper Bay of Fundy recently received one of the most significant designations in the world when it was recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This UNESCO designation acknowledges our unique environment and cultural heritage and recognizes this region as a truly special place on this planet. As UNESCO is one of the most credible and respected brands in the world, there are many ways this region can benefit, from an increase in tourism to promoting best practices in sustainability and acting as a living laboratory to showcase how humans and nature can live in harmony.

“This UNESCO designation brings international recognition to our region; we are all responsible for using this designation to promote sustainable economic development and conservation of our natural and cultural heritage” says Dr. Yves Gagnon, Chair of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve and K.C. Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at the Université de Moncton. “We must all work together to realize the potential of what this region has to offer and to be a model of sustainable development in the region, and in a broader sense, in Canada”.

To facilitate achieving the goals of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, the organization launched its Charter Membership Program today at Moncton City Hall. This program encourages businesses, organizations and municipalities to take a leadership role in the region by promoting the values of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. By signing the Charter, Members are committing to the principles of the Biosphere Reserve, namely sustainable development and conservation.

“The City of Moncton sees the importance of being a Charter Member in this great community initiative and the prestige of the UNESCO designation” shares Mayor George LeBlanc. “I believe our region is a natural wonder and this program will showcase just that. The City of Moncton is proud to be a Charter Member of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve.”

The City of Moncton, along with other organizations and businesses from around the region, including Fundy National Park, received their Charters at today’s event.

“Working together, as a community, to promote sustainable development of this region, and to promote this region as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve will have positive impacts not only to our economy but it also contributes to protect our ecosystems, landscapes and culture, all of which make us unique in the world” says Andrew Spring, Executive Director of the FBR. “That is the foundation of what a Biosphere Reserve is, and that is exactly what this Charter proposes”.