Registered as a non-profit company, the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) is a citizens’ initiative dedicated to the conservation of its region’s biodiversity, tied to socio-economic development for the wellbeing of its peoples. UNESCO has designated the region as a place of major biodiversity significance for the planet.

The GCBR aims to be a catalyst for change towards solving one of sustainable development’s biggest issues: the disconnection between people and nature. It offers a full range of action-oriented initiatives across six themes – Land & Landscapes; Water Resources; Biodiversity; Economic Diversity & Livelihoods; Knowledge, Learning & Education; and Institutions – all aimed at securing the future of our beautiful region.

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Our Vision

To be nationally and internationally recognised and respected for our balanced approach to people and nature living in harmony;
The GCBR strives to become the desired collaborator for people and institutions in its domain.

Our Mission

“We champion people and nature living in harmony”

by people we mean all humans and their endeavours in our domain, whether on farms, in towns, in businesses;

by nature we mean the natural systems and resources on which our lives and livelihoods depend;

by harmony we mean the mutually beneficial interaction between people and nature.

What is a Biosphere Reserve?

Created in 1971, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) develops the basis for the sustainable use and conservation of biological diversity and for the improvement of the relationship between people and their environment globally.”

– UNESCO

Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal or marine ecosystems that are internationally recognised as being of great natural and scientific value. By formally designating these areas, UNESCO promotes harmony at the human-environment interface, through increased understanding of the environment and greater involvement of science in environmental policy development. In essence, Biosphere Reserves are living laboratories and international test sites for sustainability in the 21st century.

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