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FROM IDEA TO DECLARATION

The initiative to create a Biosphere reserve in the Magaliesberg region attempted to comply strictly with proper procedures and protocol regarding provincial and national involvement. A biosphere can only be proposed to UNESCO by the national government. The Magaliesberg region falls within two provinces each of which is responsible for the management and protection of the Magaliesberg Protected Environment. It is therefore appropriate to motivate the provinces to take control of the Biosphere project, starting with the NW Province in which 80% of the MPE falls.

THE JOURNEY FROM WHERE IT ALL STARTED

TIMELINE

2006 Nov – The Idea is Proposed

The Idea is Proposed November 18, 2006 The initiative to create a Biosphere reserve in the...

2007 – Biosphere Foundations Laid

Meeting With Other Biospheres February 4, 2007 Members of the MPA and others met with Debbie...

2008 – Steering Committee & Planning

Biosphere to be a Line Function February 13, 2008 Paul Fatti (Chairman of...

2009 – ICI Representatives Visit SA

Gauteng Urban Task Team Support January 29, 2009 The Biosphere concept is presented...

2010 – Magaliesberg Biosphere NPC Registered

Focus on Children March 13, 2010 A festive day was arranged for children...

2011 – Application Drafting Process

Consultants Appointed to Prepare Application February 2011 Contour Project Management was appointed as consultants to manage...

2012 – Report Published & Application Drafted

Public Participation Meetings January 7, 2012 The Consultant firm calls Public Participation Meetings for...

2013 – Application for Magaliesberg Biosphere Deferred

International Coordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme meeting held in Paris May 27,...

2014 – Re-submission Process

MBIG submits proposal to NW to promote the Biosphere and facilitate the appointment of a board April...

2015 – The Final Countdown to Declaration

Advisory Committee supports listing March 20, 2015 The advisory committee to UNESCO supports the...