The appointment of Contour Project managers to handle the registration of the Biosphere is probably the most important development since the Magaliesberg Protection Association started the Biosphere initiative in 2006.
Willie Boonzaair heads the Contour consortium and brings a long track record of successes including his work on the establishment of the Waterberg Biosphere and going right back to the founding of the Pilanesberg Game reserve in the 1970’s. Willie has assembled a team of top experts in the following fields:
Field of activity
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & COORDINATION
Conservation and tourism aspects
Marketing & investment promotion
Education and training
Budgets & funding
Socio‐economic & demographic aspects
Tsatsi Nomalanga Mosala,
Spatial and land use aspects
Erica van Jaarsveld
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND RESEARCH
Prof. Francois Retief
Prof. Kobus du Pisani
Prof. Stefan Siebert
The consortium will be engaged for the next three years and hope to deliver the following results:
To study the extensive existing body of knowledge and documentation, including a comprehensive ecological, social and legal assessment of the proposed Biosphere region. Also to ensure that there is no conflict between the Biosphere Constitution and other existing legislation, regulations and guidelines.
To compile a Preliminary Draft Biosphere Constitution including:
a) proposed boundaries of the core, buffer and transition zones,
b) recommended operating rules and codes of behaviour,
c) recommended administrative vehicle to run the Biosphere, including management
structures and authorities,
d) business plans, capital and operating budgets, human resource requirements,
e) suggested funding sources.
To compile a Draft Application document that complies with the MAB requirements and incorporates all existing regulations and guidelines relevant to the proposed Biosphere.
To ensure that all stakeholders and communities who will be affected by the Biosphere have been consulted and that all aspects, including the benefits, of the Biosphere have been fully explained and understood.
To recommend a structure for a representative stakeholder forum for the Biosphere.
To ensure that the Constitution of the Biosphere is properly compiled, printed and made available to all stakeholders.
To ensure that a final Application Document is prepared in a manner that is fully acceptable to MAB UNESCO.
The study area for the consortium’s work includes all of the Magaliesberg, Cradle of Humankind, relevant consortiums and a substantial buffer. This is NOT the proposed Biosphere; it is merely the region that the consortium will be working in to obtain their information. The final boundaries will be set by them in conjunction with full participation by all stakeholders.