Joggins Fossil Cliffs Project wins Provincial Award - Cape Chignecto a finalist for National Tourism honours
October 1, 2007
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 the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association (CREDA) received one of six awards handed out at a gala awards event on Thursday, September 27th taking home the Excellence in Collaboration Award.
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.
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 November 5 in Victoria, BC 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.