Fossil Cliffs shine on

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AMHERST - The Joggins Fossil Cliffs Project was singled out as one of Nova Scotia's shining examples of community collaboration and development at the 2007 Celebrating Communities Conference in Sydney.

AMHERST - The Joggins Fossil Cliffs Project was singled out as one of Nova Scotia's shining examples of community collaboration and development at the 2007 Celebrating Communities Conference in Sydney.

Joggins and CREDA received one of six awards handed out at a gala awards event last Thursday taking home the Excellence in Collaboration Award.

"It's symbolic of us being able to achieve our goal of having community and stakeholder engagement in this project, which is one of the key goals of the institute," Joggins Fossil Institute director Jenna Boon said Monday.

Joggins was recognized for uniting residents, scientists and all three levels of government in an effort to make the Joggins Fossil Cliffs a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those efforts, which have been ongoing for more than 10 years, also include a community economic development component with the construction of a new 13,000 square foot environmentally friendly interpretative and research centre that is scheduled to open this December.

The nomination dossier for the inscription of Joggins on the list of World Natural Heritage Sites was submitted to the World Heritage Centre in Paris last January. An Evaluation Team will visit the site later this month on behalf of UNESCO, with a decision on designation expected in July 2008.

"It doesn't help us get the designation as much as it validates that we have been inclusive," she said. "That collaboration is key in such a community economic development project."

The Joggins area has played a prominent role in taking the fossil cliffs project to the level it has and Boon feels it will continue to figure prominently up to and after the project receives its UNESCO world heritage designation.

Joggins was nominated for the award by the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia, while letters of support were provide by Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, the Fundy Geological Museum and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.

Meanwhile another long-time CREDA project, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park has been selected as one of three finalists for the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award. The prestigious award will be presented on Nov. 5 in Victoria, B.C. during Canada's Tourism Leadership Summit 2007.

Presented by the Globe and Mail, the Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes recipients for making a contribution to practicing and promoting sustainable tourism in Canada.

Also up for the award are Cape Enrage in Albert County, N.B. and the Irving Eco-Centre La Dune de Bouctouche, also in New Brunswick.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: UNESCO, Joggins Fossil Institute, World Heritage Centre Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia Fundy Geological Museum Globe and Mail

Geographic location: Joggins, AMHERST, Nova Scotia Sydney Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Paris Canada Cumberland Victoria Cape Enrage Albert New Brunswick

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