Our First AGM

Thursday 23rd August – Piesang Valley Hall, 7 Green Point Avenue, Plettenberg Bay @ 16:00


Biosphere reserves represent a unique approach to land and biodiversity management. We have to fulfill three interconnected functions:


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.


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.


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 UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are a set of 20 global targets under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 to 2020. They are grouped under five strategic goals:

  1. Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society
  2. Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use;
  3. Improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity
  4. Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services
  5. Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building


The Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (2016-2025) contains a comprehensive set of actions aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the MAB Strategy 2015- 2025. The MAB Programme will harness lessons learned through sustainability science and education and use modern, open and transparent ways to communicate and share information. The Lima Action Plan (2016 – 2025), followed by Biosphere Reserve’s is structured according to the following 3 strategic action areas:

  1. To enhance the conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage, maintain ecosystem services and foster the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources.
  2. To explore, develop, support, and study thriving sustainable societies, economies, and human settlements respecting the web of life on which they depend.
  3. To promote the understanding of the impact of environmental changes, including climate change, and develop and support mitigation and adaptation actions.


First AGM will take place on Thursday 23rd August

Venue: Piesang Valley Hall, 7 Green Point Avenue, Plettenberg Bay @ 16:00

Apply to become a member of the Garden  Route Biosphere Reserve.

In seeking maximum public participation, short term membership expiring on 31 December 2018 will be granted on application. The AGM will take place on Thursday 23rd August in the Garden Route at a venue to be advised shortly. Members are entitled to vote for half of the new Board of Directors. The other half are appointed via a local authority process.

To submit your application please complete the membership form

The Garden Route Biosphere Reserve is located within the Cape Floristic Region along the southern coast of the country. The area includes the Tsitsikamma, Goukamma and Robberg Marine Protected Areas, Wilderness Lake RAMSAR site, Garden Route National Park, the Nelson Bay Cave and the Langkloof Valley. 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.




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