(YELLOWKNIFE) July 15, 2016 – The Tsá Túé International Biosphere Reserve, an ecologically important area encompassing 93,313 square kilometres in central NWT including Great Bear Lake and a portion of its watershed, was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Network of Biosphere Reserves on March 19, 2016. The UNESCO designation is a first for the NWT, the first in Canada north of 60, and the first led entirely by Indigenous communities.
Learn more from guest speaker David Livingstone’s presentation “Tsá Túé: a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve” as part of Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly building. He will discuss the history behind the designation, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation.
David Livingstone has worked in the North for nearly forty years dealing with environmental and resource development issues. Amongst his many projects, he pushed for international recognition for the residents of Délı̨nę and their vision of environmental stewardship, which promotes sustainable development in their region.
The media and the public are invited to attend. Watch the webcast of Ledge Talks via the Legislative Assembly’s website.
Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series is a forum for a wide variety of speakers to present current ideas, science, traditional knowledge, and issues relevant to the Northwest Territories and beyond. Ledge Talks also showcases research done by the many GNWT employees who are making substantial contributions to the world’s understanding of the North.