Become a member

#BiosphereLiving in the Kogelberg

Become a Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) member – and enjoy benefits specially designed to assist you and/or your business.

"Know that the world sees the work you are doing here, as part of this biosphere reserve – and is looking to learn from our experiences on creating a sustainable future for people and nature." - Mike du Toit, KBR Chair

Why become a KBR member? 

The KBR offers resources, networking opportunities, connections and capacity to help you, your organisation and/or your business.

By signing up for a year, you can:

 

  • Access resources such as information and maps only available to members
  • Use our KBR logo (with certain criteria) and receive a KBR certificate to show your audience your commitment to sustainable development
  • Work with the KBR to network with key stakeholders, such as municipalities and local government
  • Enjoy the power of the KBR collective to have a voice in bringing about positive change
  • Vote at our AGM
  • Know about the projects we’re running and how you can get involved
  • Enjoy access to joint marketing opportunities that fit our goals and projects.

(Please complete the form and email to admin@kogelbergbiosphere.org.za)

Growing the economy

Environmental education

Securing water

Protecting nature

Sustainable management of resources

As a member, you can also find out more about and get involved in our projects. Currently the KBR focuses on these five areas:

Membership fees are allocated to running our projects and coordination role.

We support and work with these projects:

We work according to 5 project themes

Growing the economy

We’re involved with a number of projects to grow the economy and create jobs. We work in partnership with Grabouw Transformation to support non-profit companies with their business plans and applications to funders. We also work with the Grabouw Development Agency to help drive investment and growth through a series of projects in Grabouw.

A Hangklip and Kleinmond Tourism Working Group is now active in the KBR to identify tourism opportunities for the local community and work as a collective to grow these. MORE

Environmental education

The KBRC in partnership with the local schools and community groups assists with environmental education classes and outings. We also work with Child Welfare Kleinmond and the Lego Group. Boxes of Lego have been donated by the Lego Group to welfare schools under the management of Child Welfare Kleinmond. MORE

Securing water

The KBR works with partners to coordinate an alien clearing project now managed by Groenland Water User’s Association (GWUA). At the same time, we’re managing an invasive alien clearing project in the Hangklip Area. A contractor from the local community and his team are employed to undertake the alien clearing. MORE

Protecting nature

The Biosphere is home to an array of indigenous animals that often suffer due to habit loss, wildfires, snaring and poisoning. The KBR has trained a group of volunteers as Wildlife First Responders that can respond to incidents and work together with veterinarians in the area. And we’re looking at starting a wildlife rehabilitation centre. The Biosphere is also partnering with Cape Leopard Trust and CapeNature to set up a snare response protocol. MORE

Sustainable management of resources

We’re been communicating with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment as we highlight the many concerns around sustainable management of our natural resources in the KBR. We’ve taken a partnership approach, and represent the collective who are working to protect our natural resources. MORE

The philosophy of the KBR

Members agree to adhere to the philosophy of the KBR. We are a biosphere reserve and our focus is on finding local solutions to global challenges, as set out in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. The goal is to create a sustainable future for people and for nature in our area. Here’s more on what we’re about.

(Please complete the form and email to admin@kogelbergbiosphere.org.za)

Donate

We are a not-for-profit company and a public benefit organisation. All funds raised therefore go to meeting our motto: Nature for Life.

We can provide 18A tax exemption certificates to donors.
For more information, contact admin@kogelbergbiosphere.org.za

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