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DESIGNATED BY UNESCO IN JUNE 2015

 

 

 

The Magaliesberg Biosphere was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  in Paris on 9 June This followed  nearly a decade of lobbying by environmentalists.  The project was driven by a committee comprising members of the North West Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural development (GDARD) and the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group (MBIG) and had financial assistance from the Provincial government through the department of READ, and the Finnish Environment Institute (also known as SYKE).

A series of meetings was held in Gauteng and North West during October to introduce the public to the Biosphere and explain the process of nominating people qualified and ready to assist the development of the Biosphere.  An election was held in December 2015.  An announcement was expected by the MEC in January 2016, but alas this has not yet happened.  The Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group has followed up several times to determine when the Board members 

The stakeholder interest groups were identified by the consulting firm responsible for preparing the submission to UNESCO. 

 

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Participation in the Magaliesberg Biopshere is invited, and is welcome. Three categories of participation in the public...

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What is so special about the Magaliesberg?

The Magaliesberg region is virtually without equal in the world. The region is characterised by unique geology, topogra...

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Diverse habitats ...wealth of biodiversity

The Magaliesberg has a wide variety of habitats distinct in character and consequently, in the advantages to particular...

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