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The Magaliesberg Biosphere was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris on 9 June 2015

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WHAT IS THE MAGALIESBERG BIOSPHERE?

The Greater Magaliesberg region was proclaimed an international Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in Paris on 9 June 2015. A biosphere reserve is an area that has been recognised by UNESCO as having exceptional natural and cultural value and where programmes are developed to combine socio-economic improvement with the sustainable use of natural resources.

The Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve covers the mountain region between Pretoria on the East, Rustenburg on the west and Mogale City in the South. All biosphere reserves are classified into zones which demarkate human-environment interaction. The two core areas of the Magaliesberg Biosphere are the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the Magaliesberg Protected Environment. They are protected by legislation within the environmental legal framework of the country.

The biosphere buffer zone surrounds the core areas and also comprises informally protected areas such as nature reserves, conservancies and other areas that demonstrate biodiversity stewardship and have endorsed the biosphere concept.

MAN AND THE BIOSPHERE

STRIKING THE BALANCE

A key goal of the Magaliesberg Biosphere is the harmonious development of man and nature. Biosphere reserves represent a global network of model regions in which sustainable forms of use and options for adaptation to changing ecological, economic and social conditions can be tested, involving all stakeholder. The engagement with and contribution of stakeholders in the establishment and on-going functioning of the Biosphere is therefore central. The activities, resources and wellbeing of all stakeholders are already tied up with the region.

Keyobjective

“The conservation and protection of the Magaliesberg Biosphere by promoting research, education and sustainable development.”

Key

Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals

Watch our Magaliesberg ‘s story to find out just a few of the ways we are tackling poaching and biodiversity loss. In this video, we share just of few of our many solutions for people and nature to thrive together.

Conservation & Care

Developing the mechanisms of culture-based biodiversity conservation and assessing the impact of change in a quest to protect our natural sacred mountain biosphere sites.

Learning & Research

Giving effect to UNESCO’s mandate in education, science and culture, and to the MAB approach, promoting the integration of the natural and the social sciences.

Sustainable Development

Promoting the harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participatory dialogue and strategic community programmes.

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Tractor Day 2019

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Cradle of Life Launch @ Maropeng

Join Vincent Carruthers in launching his new book Cradle of Life: The Story of the Magaliesberg and the Cradle of Humankind.

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IT'S ALL ABOUT PARTNERSHIP

OUR KEY STAKEHOLDERS

We work with International Agencies, Provincial & Local Government as Key Stakeholders of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve.

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OWNERS OF THE MAGALIESBERG

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Barnardsvlei

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