WHAT DOES THIS BIOSPHERE DO FOR THE GARDEN ROUTE?

Biosphere Reserves represent a unique approach to land and biodiversity management. They aim to fulfil three interconnected functions:

Conservation

Contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation. Offer a solution for collaborative landscape management and decision-making and integrate culture and biological diversity.

Development

Foster economic and human development which is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable. Take a multi-stakeholder approach to solution development and foster dialogue for conflict resolution of sustainable natural resource utilization.

Research

Support for demonstration projects, environmental education and training, research and monitoring related to local, regional, national and global issues of conservation and sustainable development. Provide sites of excellence for education, training and research.

The Garden Route Biosphere Reserve is located within the Cape Floristic Region along the southern coast of South Africa. The area includes the Tsitsikamma, Goukamma and Robberg Marine Protected Areas, Wilderness Lakes RAMSAR site, Garden Route National Park, the Nelson Bay Cave, the Langkloof Valley and St. Francis and Jeffreys Bays. The Garden Route National Park, primary core area of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve, also forms part of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

The 2020 Strategic Planning process is currently on hold.

Upcoming workshops: Once COVID-19 restrictions loosen, we will notify via our mailing list new regional workshop dates.

Contact: admin@gardenroutebiosphere.org.za or stayed tuned to this website for further announcements.

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BECOME INVOLVED

Attend events advertised by the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve and those of other organisations active in our community. We will announce more opportunities for engagement in 2020.

We are still building a multi-disciplinary team of qualified professionals and committed volunteers to ensure that our regional efforts toward Biosphere conservation, sustainable development and community engagement are robust and effective. If you have the time, expertise or enthusiasm to become involved in some way, please register your interest below:

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