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Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
20 Years of Conservation Excellence
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
20 Years of Conservation Excellence
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
20 Years of Conservation Excellence
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
20 Years of Conservation Excellence
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
20 Years of Conservation Excellence

Welcome to our Biosphere Reserve!

Biosphere reserves are ‘learning places for sustainable development’. They are sites for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity. They are places that provide local solutions to global challenges. Biosphere reserves include terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each site promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

Biosphere reserves are nominated by national governments and remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located. Biosphere Reserves are designated under the intergovernmental MAB Programme by the Director-General of UNESCO following the decisions of the MAB International Coordinating Council (MAB ICC). Their status is internationally recognized. Member States can submit sites through the designation process.

In order to assist the stakeholders with the designation process, as well as periodic reviews, Technical Guidelines are being progressively created by the MAB International Co-ordinating Council.