An initiative is underway to submit an application to the United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Man and Biosphere Programme (UNESCO MAB) to have the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve designated as part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
The proposed biosphere reserve would include an area from the western boundary of the George Municipality to the Van Stadens River in the east and will be mapped into core areas (legally protected areas such as National and Provincial Parks); buffer areas (surrounding core areas providing support to the core areas and allowing for low impact activities); and transition area (urban and transformed). Within each of these areas, the three functions of biosphere reserves must take place: conservation of biodiversity and ecological processes; sustainable socio-economic development; research, monitoring, education, awareness, and innovation.
All interested and affected parties wishing to submit inputs and comments or participate in the process are requested to contact Julie Carlisle at:
Telephone: 044- 535 0065;
Cell phone: 082 322 2209;
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Mail: PO Box 71, Wittedrift, 6603
The period for inputs, comments and indication of participation will end on 27 February 2016.