The Biosphère presents a major exhibition on Canada's boreal forest



    MONTREAL, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Environment Canada's Biosphère today
launched an outdoor photography exhibition called RESPECT: in the heart of the
boreal forest. Developed by Reporters Communication and presented free of
charge until February 28th, 2008, the exhibit aims to raise Canadians'
awareness of the preservation of our natural environment.
    Presented in collaboration with Parc Jean-Drapeau, RESPECT is set up in
the great outdoors along the path that connects the Biosphère to the Metro
station and includes 40 astonishing and diverse photographs of Canada's boreal
forest, from Quebec to the Yukon. These exclusive images were captured by
eight of Canada's finest photojournalists and are the fruit of a long plane
journey made throughout the seasons, from the fall of 2006 to the summer of
2007.
    In addition to the splendour of this vast forest ecosystem, visitors can
also learn about the importance and richness of this living environment, the
issues related to it, and natural and human disturbances, such as the loss of
habitat and climate change, which affect large areas and threaten their
biodiversity.
    The boreal forest, only found in the northern hemisphere, between the
50th and 60th parallels, accounts for 58% of Canada's land mass.. Totalling
close to 530 million hectares (5.30 million km2), it is home to more than four
million people; including most of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, and is an
exceptional plant and wildlife habitat. It is also home to two thirds of the
140,000 species of plants, animals and micro-organisms identified in Canada,
including 300 species of birds, 20 species of plants, 85 species of mammals
and 130 species of fish.
    Unique in Canada, the RESPECT project includes another component, namely
80 photographs presented simultaneously at the Canada national historic site
The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Several other Canadian cities will host the
exhibition in 2008. In cooperation with Reporters Communication, the Biosphère
will also host two photo exhibitions that will travel across Canada.

    RESPECT, developed by Reporters Communication, with the support of the
firm SAJO, allows city dwellers to discover one of our most beautiful gems of
nature and calls on us to protect it. It is supported by SAJO, an
international contracting and project management firm based in Montréal.
Committed to the community and environment, SAJO graciously provided the 60
urban panels that hold the giant photographs in the RESPECT project.

    The Biosphère is a showcase for information, education and awareness on
major environmental issues related to water, air, climate change, sustainable
development and responsible consumption. As a museum of the environment, the
Biosphère presents exhibitions and activities for youth and adults.
Environment Canada's national centre of expertise in environmental education
and engagement, the Biosphère also develops products and activities with
partners across the country and is a hub of discussion and a unique site for
environmental events.
    For more information on the exhibition RESPECT: Assignment to the Heart
of the Boreal Forest, please visit the following Web sites:
www.biosphere.ec.gc.ca and www.borealcommunications.com.

    (Aussi disponible en français)




For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Blais, Senior Communications Advisor,
Environment Canada, (514) 496-8285

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