Riding Mountain UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (RMBR), one of 16 Biosphere Reserves in Canada, was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986. It is a special area within which people are encouraged to demonstrate better approaches to conservation and sustainable resource use.
The core protected area, Riding Mountain National Park, covers some 3,000 square kilometers of mixedwood forest, eastern deciduous forest, and rough fescue prairie. RMBR also includes a Zone of Cooperation which consists of the 12 municipalities and 4 First Nations that surround the Park, comprising an additional 12,000 square kilometers. The RMBR is encompassed primarily by Treaty 2 and to the west adjoined to Treaty 4. The landscape has been settled and managed by First Nations people since time immemorial.
The RMBR is rich in lakes, streams and natural habitat. Development within the Biosphere Reserve has largely been for the growing of grain and forage crops, and for the production of livestock. Hunting, guiding, and eco-tourism also contribute to the local economy.
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“At the Farm Gate” Spring Market Video
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“At the Farm Gate” Spring Market – Saturday, May 21, 2016
In this pilot year for the Community Gardens Project the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve (RMBR) is working in conjunction with the Erickson, Sandy Lake, Onanole and area Service to Seniors to establish a senior friendly garden area. The garden has been created on an underutilized lot adjacent to the RMBR office in Erickson. This will put the yard site to great use to help provide residents in our communities with fresh nutritious produce and to bring seniors together in an outdoor activity that is helping to build a strong and vibrant community. The long term goal of this project will be to establish senior friendly community gardens throughout all the communities of the RMBR. Click Here to see more….
Erickson Community Garden Grand Opening – August 25, 2015
We had a “Garden Party” to celebrate the official Grand Opening of the Erickson Community Gardens. Representatives from RMBR Board, Erickson Community Gardens board, the Municipality of Clanwilliam Erickson, Erickson Communities in Bloom, participating gardeners and the community joined us for the official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting as well as coffee, cake and conversation.
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Biosphere Reserve Contributes to Regional Economy
Funding cuts affect ability to deliver programs
Erickson, Manitoba, February 5, 2014 – Biosphere reserves have the capacity to work with municipalities to build prosperous, vibrant and sustainable communities. They provide access to the United Nations’ vast research and project management resources. Imagine being able to tap into the knowledge base and capacity-building power of 621 biosphere reserves around the world, 16 of which are located in Canada. That is the opportunity that the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve (RMBR) provides to the 15-member municipalities that surround Riding Mountain National Park.
“Biosphere reserves play a crucial role in generating knowledge about how natural systems work and about how to maintain resilient ecosystems which contribute enormously valuable ecological services,” explained Valerie Pankratz, RMBR executive director. “At the same time these ecosystems can be used in sustainable ways to create income, employment and wealth.”
Since receiving biosphere designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986, RMBR has been involved in numerous projects that cross municipal boundaries to deal with complex issues like the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB). Since 2003, RMBR has facilitated the TB Stakeholders Advisory Committee (TB SAC) which has been an important link between cattle producers, hunters and outfitters, and the government agencies working to eradicate Bovine TB from the Riding Mountain region.
Other initiatives include education programs in water stewardship like “Living by the Water’s Edge,” a how-to manual for home and cottage owners living along waterways and lakeshores. RMBR has also created and curates the Native Species Garden at their Erickson office which provides information about planting and preserving native species of plants and trees. It also helps raise awareness about efforts to halt the spread of invasive species.
Growing the local economy
The “At the Farm Gate” program hosts three markets per year in communities around the park where producers and artisans have access to new customers and an ever growing legion of loyal repeat clients. Shopping locally has multiple benefits: money spent on these products………..Click here to see full article
RMBR Water Stewardship Project
Living by the Water’s Edge publication is now printed and available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get your copy.
Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve Invasive Species Network
Final Report is now available on line – please click here