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Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association

The Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA) exists to provide opportunities for the citizens of the Bedeque Bay watershed to conserve and enhance their watershed through planning, education, projects and partnerships.
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Box 8310
Emerald , C0B 1M0
Contact Person: Brenda Penak
Phone: 902-886-3211
Fax: 902-886-3277
E-Mail: brenda@bbema.ca
Website: http://www.bbema.ca

Detailed Information:
BBEMA is the acronym for Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, a not-for-profit charitable organization that focuses on sustainable, community-based ecosystem management that integrates economic growth and environmental conservation. BBEMA was established in 1992 under the auspices of Environment Canada?s Atlantic Coastal Action Plan (ACAP). Visit their site at http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/community/acap/.

The Association is governed by a Board of directors that broadly represent the watershed. Nine directors are elected by the membership and three are appointed by the 3 levels of government-municipal, provincial and federal. The Board of Directors chooses from its members its own executive committee. Generally, the Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm, Emerald . A number of working committees, comprised of Directors, members, staff and interested individuals assist in delivering BBEMA?s objectives. Standing committees that are on-going include: Finance, Communications and Nominations.

ACAP is now considered a process more than a program. It was initiated under Canada?s Green Plan in 1990, with the general premise that coastal communities in Atlantic Canada, through partnerships and joint action could solve their own environmental problems. Bedeque Bay is one of 14 ACAP sites, and one of two on Prince Edward Island, along with the Southeast Environmental Association (SEA). Each ACAP site has its own particular environmental concerns, and has produced a Comprehensive Environmental Management Plan (CEMP). (See CEMP under projects).

The Bedeque Bay is a unique site, as this watershed in conjunction with the Malpeque Bay watershed composes the PEI Ecological Science Cooperative (PEI ESC node). The PEI ESC node?s goal is to encourage research and monitoring on the impacts of agriculture on terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. The liaison between BBEMA and the PEI ESC node is an important one, as it gives the community an opportunity to benefit from scientific expertise and at the same time provides the ESC with local knowledge and the direct connection to resource users.

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