The Kogelberg Biosphere was registered in 1998 with UNESCO as South Africa’s first biosphere. The biosphere covers an area of more than 103 000 hectares, which is larger than the Republic of Singapore. The core of this biosphere is pristine and untouched.
It hosts 1 880 species of fynbos – and that’s why the area is regarded as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
The seascapes here are also significant: our biosphere includes a marine component of 24 500 hectares, with more than 3 500 endemic marine species. This coastal belt and Marine Protected Area is home to the highly threatened abalone and is a breeding place for many fish and other marine life.
Buffer zones and outer transition areas
Our biosphere not only contains core conservation areas, but also adjacent buffer zones and outer transition areas. For the people of the region, this includes farming and fishing, and other trades such as tourism and manufacturing.
Our Kogelberg Biosphere objectives are:
To execute the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme, which focuses on conserving biodiversity and cultural biodiversity;
To foster economic development which is socio-culturally and environmentally sustainable;
To provide logistic support, underpinning development through research, monitoring, education and training for the Kogelberg Biosphere in the Western Cape.
the Kogelberg BiospherE
In 2002, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company (KBRC) was established in terms of section 21 of the Companies Act.
This not-for-profit company manages the biosphere as per the requirements of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme. In 2014, the KBRC also registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development.
The KBRC is also registered as a Public Benefit Organisation with SARS and can issue section 18A tax exemption certificates to donors.
We are engaged in these 4 broad areas:
- To raise general awareness of the Kogelberg Biosphere in order to build understanding of the Man and the Biosphere Programme.
- To foster environmentally sustainable and just use of natural resources through socio-economic initiatives in the Kogelberg Biosphere.
- To enhance the conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage in the Kogelberg Biosphere.
- To establish and maintain the effective governance of the Kogelberg Biosphere and secure sufficient finance for its continued functioning.
In order for our region to support thriving societies in harmony within the biosphere:
We need to ensure cooperation between all role players here, including government institutions, NGOs, farming, fishing and other commercial interests. To achieve this, the Kogelberg Biosphere plays a central coordinating role. We bring Kogelberg biosphere members and residents together, to strengthen our collective action. Through coordination, we can break down silos, and ensure partners are working towards the same objectives.
LOCATION | WHERE WE ARE
The Kogelberg Biosphere starts on the mountains above Gordon’s Bay, and includes land, sea and towns along the coast to just above Hermanus. It stretches inland past the town of Botriver and encompasses the growing economic hub of Grabouw.
Coordinator | Corlie Hugo
Corlie Hugo is the Executive Coordinator for the Kogelberg Biosphere. Her role is to plan, manage, implement and report on the projects that the Biosphere is involved with. Corlie has a BTech degree in Conservation and a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. She has been working in the conservation sector for 25 years with operational and scientific experience in various aspects of conservation. Corlie has lived in the Biosphere for almost 20 years, and loves the area. She wants to make a difference – both for people and the environment.
To contact Corlie, please email: email@example.com or phone: 082 380 9071.
Board of Directors
|Chairperson||Mike du Toit|
|Vicechair and treasurer||Hilgard Müller|
|Economic growth||Pieter Silberbauer|
|Education and youth development||Jackie Jakobs|
|Awareness raising and communication||Joan Isham|
|Water security||Brian van Wilgen|
|Protecting nature||Tim Atwell & Jan Briers|
|Sustainable development||Liezel Bohdanowicz|
Invasive alien clearing in the Kogelberg Biosphere is gaining momentum. Currently we have two teams working for the Kogelberg Biosphere, removing invasive plants off some of our Critically Endangered vegetation.
Finding a snake in your garden shouldn’t necessarily result in a state of fear. In fact, given that we live in a biosphere, there’s a good chance that you could meet some of our cold-blooded brethren from time to time.
You can take the next step, to become even more involved in the Kogelberg Biosphere.
And remember to include us in your social media posts, by using the hashtag: #BiosphereLiving.