Our river, our region, our future
Damaged wetlands restored through partnerships
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Jobs for Carbon
Jobs 4 Carbon project restores land and improves livelihoods
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Our river, our region, our future
UNESCO approves GCBR designation & World Heritage Site extension
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Interesting facts

  • Dolphins sleep with one eye open
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  • The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature
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  • Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue
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  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible
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  • A baby is born every seven seconds in the world
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  • Good water, good life. Poor water, poor life. No water, no life.
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  • Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste 135 litres of water in a minute
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  • Taking a five-minute shower a day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water used bathing in a bath tub, saving up to 400 litres a week
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  • • The riverine rabbit (Bunolagusmonticularis) is one of the most endangered mammals in the world with the total population estimated between 157 and 207 mature individuals. It was recorded for the first time in the GCBR in 2006
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  • At least 672 plant species are known to be endemic to the GCBR
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Welcome to the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve

On the southern edge of Africa lies a place all humans can call “home” – the place where almost 200 000 years ago our earliest modern ancestors began their journey across Africa and the world. This place is located in the heart of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR). Registered as a non-profit company, the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve organisation is a citizens’ initiative dedicated to the conservation of our region’s biodiversity, tied to socioeconomic development for the wellbeing of its peoples. UNESCO has recently designated the region as a place of major biodiversity significance for the planet.

Our Inspiration

By 2020, the GCBR will be (inter-)nationally recognised and respected for its balanced and effective approach to ecological sustainability and human development.

The GCBR will be experienced as an inclusive, approachable and ‘desired collaborator’ for all population groups and institutions in the domain.

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