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Fall 2018 Newsletter

October 24, 2018
Highlights:
  • Update – Biosphere Region Initiative for UNESCO designation
  • Protecting Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reefs
  • Burnco Mine – the next step
  • Spring 2018 Howe Sound Community Forum Review

Update – Biosphere Region Initiative for UNESCO designation

On September 28th the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative is co-hosting with the BC Council for International Cooperation a forum on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they relate to Howe Sound.  The forum brings together local government and civil society stakeholders to discuss the state of sustainable development in the Howe Sound region in the lead up to this year’s municipal elections.

In June, Ruth Simons, lead of the initiative, travelled to Ottawa and met with members of Canada’s other Biosphere Reserves at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s annual general meeting.  Learning how the goals of biodiversity conservation, reconciliation and sustainable development are put into action within the various biosphere reserves is one of many benefits within the Canadian UNESCO family network…

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Protecting Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reefs

Howe Sound’s Glass Sponge Reefs have existed in Howe Sound for 12,000 years,  the same time as the first peoples known to live in this region – what a remarkable discovery.   Most remarkable is the ecological value and importance of the reefs to the health of the Sound.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) implemented voluntary closures of the reefs in 2017, stakeholder consultations regarding permanent closure to bottom fishing are underway.

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Spring 2018 Howe Sound Community Forum Review

This October 20th, cast your vote for Howe Sound in the Local Government Municipal Elections.  Support those candidates that believe in the Principles for Cooperation and commit to the Howe Sound Forum.

In May, 77 people that included elected officials from member communities, local government staff and non-government observers travelled to the newly renovated Furry Creek Golf and Country Resort for the Alt’Kitsem/Howe Sound Community Forum, hosted by the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD)…

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Burnco Mine – the next step

While many are still in disbelief those responsible for protecting the environment have approved the mining of 21 million tonnes of gravel in the McNab Valley in Howe Sound, Burnco still has one more hurdle.   Approval for rezoning the land from its current rural use to industrial is needed in …

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