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GCBR secures Dutch funding

GCBR secures Dutch funding

6/18/17
Members of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) were pleased to be informed at the recent Annual General Meet that funding for projects involving the ecology and the community has been provided by DOB Ecology, a foundation that was set up by a Dutch entrepreneurial family that feels strongly about ecology and sound, sustainable stewardship. “DOB Ecology has approved funding of nearly R4 million for the continuation of the Jobs4Carbon (J4C) project at Vanwyksdorp,” said Wendy Crane, programme development coordinator for the GCBR.  This funding includes a wastewater wetlands project at De Rust, which was inaugurated on Friday last week. Initially the relationship started through an exchange of ideas via correspondence. “Documents were shared to facilitate getting to know each other and finding where our missions meet.” Download the full article written by Tisha Steyn and published in the 'Oudtshoorn Courant' below.
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Mini-symposium for Coastal and Island Biosphere Reserves

Mini-symposium for Coastal and Island Biosphere Reserves

5/14/17
Dr Steve Du Toit attended the mini-symposium for coastal and islands biosphere reserves in Jeju Island (Republic of Korea) from 28 September to 1 October in 2016. Read more about his visit in the report that can be downloaded below.  Jeju Island has a fascinating, long human history, and comparatively short geological history. It is a volcanic island, less than 2 million years old, with volcanic craters created about 5000 years ago. The geology is considered of global significance, and volcanic rock is used all over.  The island comprises of cities (Jeju city), natural habitat surrounding the main volcano, and tight, neat parcels of agricultural land, where amongst other crops, lettuce, cabbage, beetroot, onions are grown. Some interesting points to emerge during the presentations given during the symposium include: Logos and branding are integral to success of biosphere reserves. “Brand warmth” Recognition (quality of life, access, heritage and culture) are equally important as “nature and wildlife” Financial support from government (either municipal, provincial or national) is also crucial to the success of biosphere reserves.
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GCBR welcomes first Ambassador

GCBR welcomes first Ambassador

10/21/16
The GCBR  recently appointed our first ambassador when Mr Gerrit Van Rensburg accepted the appointment as the Agri  Ambassador.  When he was introduced to the members at the Members'meeting in Barrydale on 16 August 2016. Gerrit accepted the challenge to convey the message of the GCBR wherever the opportunity arises.  Farming has been in Gerrit's blood all his life. He served as minister of Agriculture in the Cabinet of the Western Cape Government from June 1999 to December 2001. In 2000 the portfolios of Property Management and Works were also added.   From 2009 to 2014 he served as minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Under his leadership the Department of Agriculture Western Cape was designated by SAIGA as the best department in South Africa for three consecutive years. Currently he resides in Hartenbos and is the chairperson of AgriMega NPC. Gerrit made the valid point that communities must understand that farmers need to make profits and must be allowed to do so.  It is the only way in which they will be able to make contributions towards the fulfilment of the objectives of the GCBR.
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Reservaat beleef jaar van hoogtepunte

Reservaat beleef jaar van hoogtepunte

4/28/16
Die Gouritz-biosfeerreservaat (GCBR – Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve) het die afgelope jaar groot vordering gemaak. Die vordering is tydens die GCBR se algemene jaarvergadering op Dinsdag 25 Augustus by die Oudtshoorn-navorsingsplaas uitgelig.
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