Progress by Contour Project Management towards the listing of the Biosphere is proceeding well. The nomination should be submitted to UNESCO by September 2012.
Our non-profit company, Magaliesberg Biosphere NPC, has now been registered together with our Biosphere logo. The company is intended to be the management organisation for the Biosphere. Once the Biosphere is registered, it will be necessary to appoint a Board with sixteen members representing each of the following stakeholder groups. If anyone thinks they might want to represent one of the groups, please send your name, contact details and short biography to us for collation. Keep watching this website for developments.
About 400 people and organisations have now put their names behind the Biosphere and we are consolidating the names collected by Contour with our own lists. Please remember that UNESCO require an original signed form from every interested party, so please contact us through the website if you need a form to be sent to you for signature.
Although the development of the Biosphere is now moving ahead well, we are still very worried about the lack of regulations needed to govern the core area. Government was supposed to compile these regulations in 2003. Despite constant effort by the Magaliesberg Protection Association and others to help in any possible way, the regulations are still not in place. The absence of formally proclaimed regulations leaves the door wide open to abusive practices, and places a tremendous load on civil society to be a watchdog. Sceptics are now suggesting that the delay may not be without ulterior motive. Let us hope that the Magaliesberg Biosphere is there for the enjoyment of many, and not the profit of few.
Vincent Carruthers, Chairman