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Redbrry lake history 

The European settlers practiced the mixed farming. The mixed farming was perfect for parkland environment. The redberry lake was able to support some Saskatchewan’s native fish species. They started fishing in 1940  and as the time passed salinity increased and fishes were no more sustainable in the lake. In early 80’s there was no fish. The surrounding farmland has difficult economic shift. The farm size was increasing, and farming was moving towards the commercial agricultural since second world war. As the commercialization of the agriculture many marginal farms were no longer profitable.  The more use of the machinery increased the production cost. The people started to move into the cities for employment. The urbanization has given the benefit to small rural community like redberry as tourism.

The development was increasing nearby area of the lake and it affected the population of white American pelican. The local government protected the core areas of the lake from the development by law. As the number of Pelican increased in redberry lake, It also increased the no. of tourism. The main attraction of lake Pelican.



RLBR is coordinated by local community entirely (video). The residents and landowners are participating in the initiatives taken by the researchers and BR practitioners. One representative from each municipality attends the meetings of the redberry biosphere reserve. REDBERRY SITE

Peter Kingsmill – founder redberry pelican project and redberry lake biosphere reserve

University, parks Canada


The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust comprised of First Nations and local communities of Clayoquot Sound. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (NGO) supports the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Region Community for training, research and education actions that encourage sustainable development to attain its goal by giving financial and logistical support. (http://focs.ca/clayoquot-sound/unesco-biosphere-reserve/)


The Scientific Panel identifies three levels of planning - sub regional-, watershed- and site-level planning.  The Planning Committee is responsible for sub regional planning; the Watershed Groups are responsible for developing watershed-level plans; and the licensees are responsible for preparing site-level plans.

The Planning Committee is made up of the twelve-member central Region Board and one representative each from the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; the Ministry of Forests; the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism, and Culture; and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.  The Planning Committee co-ordinate all planning activities accordance to the Scientific Panel recommendations and provincial legislation in Clayoquot Sound. The scientific panel recommends the planning framework based on the consultation and shared decision making with Nuu-chah-nulth community.

The government Clayoquot Implementation Team collaborated with the CRB to develop a planning agenda with participation from government officials, local governments, labour, forest companies, and environmental groups.  


The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT)  is administrative co-management organization for the biosphere reserve. http://clayoquotbiosphere.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/CSBR-Periodic-Review-2010.pdf

The people and animals was  living in the redberry lake is the part of the seasonal cycle. They didn’t live here year around . The main attraction of first nations was Bison here. The buffalo berry has multiuse by first nations. The main source of food  first nations was buffalo.


Therefore, each municipal government in the reserve area appoints an employee to represent its Rural Municipality. Once appointed, the representatives are required to attend board meetings of the organization

What regional challenges confront people living in each region



The redberry lake is salt water lake. The water is too salty for drinking and to support fish life. The water level is going down and the  salinity in the redberry lake is increasing over the years.

Larry Hawrysh (founder redberry lake biosphere reserve and farmer) organic market collapse due to world recession in 2008-09 and people going to conventional agriculture for their cash flow.

Low prices of organic products.

Small farms are no more profitable because  size of farms increasing and no. of farms decreasing in redberry lake region. Most of small farmers are going out of business and moving out into big cities  from this region. Unhealthy soils are unable to produce good yield. 

Are different knowledge systems important in each place?

The farming practices

  How can the different actors contribute to solutions?

Redberry Regional Farmer’s Market (approved by Saskatchewan Farmers’ Market Co-operative) suggesting local community to sell locally grown and made goods under this market.

Land and Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment (LIRA) is planning  for Climate Extremes such as rains to mitigate the impacts cost effectively in the RLBR region.

RLBR is searching innovative ways to get back Agri-plastics such as grain bags from the local landfills, so that they can recycle into packaging material. The sustainable packaging materials can be used for SK AG commodities. Redberry lake site



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