Membership of the Magaliesberg Biosphere is open to anyone or any organisation that lives or works or has an interest in the Magaliesberg region and who agrees to comply with the Member’s Pledge.
Friends of the Biosphere is a special category of membership for people or organisations wishing to support the concept of the Magaliesberg Biosphere with financial contributions, assistance with time and skills, public support or in any other practical way.
Formal acceptance of the Principles is a basic condition of membership. This commitment to continuously strive to sustain the natural and historical qualities of the Magaliesberg region, is assumed on completion of the questionnaire.
The following are the guiding principles:
Water and air: To protect all natural water resources in the Magaliesberg Biosphere and maintain and enhance air and water quality in the region.
Biodiversity: To maintain and promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Magaliesberg Biosphere, both in terms of ecosystem integrity and species diversity.
Heritage resources: To protect and manage all types of heritage resources within the Magaliesberg Biosphere.
Visual aesthetics: To maintain the visual and aesthetic character of the Magaliesberg Biosphere.
Land use: To manage land use, the development of the built environment and recreation facilities without compromising the aesthetic appeal or ecological functions within the Magaliesberg Biosphere.
Socio-economic environment: To optimize potential economic and social development opportunities compatible with the Magaliesberg Biosphere, and to conserve the ability of the region to provide and support these opportunities in perpetuity.
Research, education and information: To provide opportunities for the constructive investigation, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge of the Magaliesberg Biosphere.
Good governance: To comply with the spirit and letter of legislation and legal frameworks that serve the interests of the Magaliesberg Biosphere, to oppose corruption or malpractice that undermines the principles of the Biosphere and to encourage other users of the Magaliesberg to do likewise.
International registration: To co-operate with the appropriate state/international authorities to have the region declared a Biosphere under the UNESCO MAB programme.
The Magaliesberg Biosphere is a registered Company. The legal name of the Company is:
THE MAGALIESBERG BIOSPHERE
The registered objective of the Company is: “The conservation and protection of the Magaliesberg Biosphere by promoting research, education and sustainable development.”
Members of the Magaliesberg Biosphere are entitled to:
Should members fail to uphold the conditions of the Principles of Membership the Board of Directors of the Magaliesberg Biosphere may, at its discretion, withhold or withdraw membership and all rights and responsibilities, including the right to be associated with the Magaliesberg Biosphere registered trademark