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DOB Ecology Holds Partnership Conference in GCBR

DOB Ecology Holds Partnership Conference in GCBR

10/1/18
A handful of GCBR staff had the exceptional honour of attending the first ever DOB Partnership Forum in Vanwyksdorp in June this year. The Forum was essentially an opportunity for all the DOB Ecology partners (supported companies/ organisations) from all around the world to come together to meet and learn from each other’s projects and experiences. The Forum included many different elements, from presentations of successful and inspirational projects and life-experiences, to interactive strategic problem solving sessions.
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Trans Gouritz CycloCross and Mountain Bike Race 2018

Trans Gouritz CycloCross and Mountain Bike Race 2018

10/1/18
The Trans Gouritz Cycle Race of 2018 took place over five days in May. There were 18 riders this year which was a huge improvement on the four riders in 2017 – talk about growth! The riders included a couple of very big names in MTB and Cyclocross, including Hannele Steyn and Fourie Kotze. Timing of the race was excellent as the weather was not too hot for the participants. The partnership of the GCBR and TriSport was a winner and the teamwork to support the riders was excellent. To quote Hannele, “The hospitality and support of the people along the route was fantastic, the scenery was spectacular and all in all the event was amazing and exceeded all expectations.” The GCBR flag was flown high by four Jobs for Carbon staff who worked as part of the backup team. They assisted in setting up and breaking down camp, served on one water point on each leg of the tour and did all they could to assist the TriSport staff.  It is with grateful thanks that the GCBR acknowledges the sponsorship of the Garden Route Casino Community Trust and Jakkalsvlei Winery in Herbertsdale.
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GCBR engages with WRI and WNICBR

GCBR engages with WRI and WNICBR

11/5/18
World Resources Institute (WRI) and more than 30 partners recently launched [Resource Watch](https://resourcewatch.org/) in Washington, USA and our Chief Executive, Steve Du Toit had the privilege of attending. Resource Watch is a dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. It leverages technology and near-real-time data to bring much needed transparency on the state of the planet’s people, resources and commerce all in one place.  The 8th meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) was held in Menorca, Spain between 22 and 26 May 2018. The conference was co-hosted by UNESCO, Jeju Island and Spain. Over 100 people from 33 countries participated in the meeting, and successful cases on biodiversity management and ecosystem restoration, environmental vectors (water resources, waste, climate change), tourism, and marine management were presented. Download the report on both visits below.
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Trans Gouritz MTB event kicks off!

Trans Gouritz MTB event kicks off!

12/6/17
We had a great weekend with the 1st Trans Gouritz MTB Tour supported by GCBR and TriSport from 10-12 November 2017. This event is intended to become an annual promotional tour to raise awareness about the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve and support for its spectacular scenery and biodiversity. This year a handful of braveheart volunteers rode the entire route as a trial run for the future. Starting and ending at Great Brak, the circular route goes over 3 mountains, the Langeberge, the Rooiberge and the Outeniquas with the Gouritz River traversing the region. Sponsorship by the Garden Route Casino Community Trust has enabled the GCBR and TriSport to stage this spectacular new event for 3 years. “Die toer is geskik vir CycloCross-fietse en kan beskou word as uitstekende voorbereiding vir die Epic-fietstoer,” sê Sonja Otto, stigter van Trisport Events. “Boonop word fietsryers by die eindbestemming vertroetel met ‘n massering, asook lekker kos en KleinKaroo gasvryheid tydens die toer." Read more about the event in the document below.
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Die Stilbaai Saga

Die Stilbaai Saga

9/27/16
 ‘n Fynbos en Argeologie Inligtingsentrum vir Stilbaai: Uitbeelding van die Stilbaai Saga Stilbaai is die middelpunt van verskeie internasionale ondersoeke na die voorgeskiedenis van Homo sapiens, die moderne mens. Hierdie voorgeskiedenis, wat die loodskomitee ‘Die Stilbaai Saga’ gedoop het, het betrekking op die oorlewing en ontwikkeling van die modern mens gedurende ‘n vernietigende ystydperk (van so 200 000 jaar gelede) en daarna. Verskeie gelukkige omstandighede, juis in hierdie omgewing, sou kon ingespeel het op hierdie gebeure: Die warm seestroom langs ons ooskus verseker ‘n gematigde klimaat, ook tydens ystydperke; Fynbos het baie eetbare bolle, knolle en wortels – ‘n bron van koolhidrate. Bogrondse vrugte en bessies van fynbos is ‘n addisionele bron van vitamines; Die dierelewe wat in fynbos voorkom, saam met die skulpkos van ons kus, verseker dat proteiene ewe beskikbaar is. Lees meer hieroor in die verslag.
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Eden tackles climate change in the GCBR

Eden tackles climate change in the GCBR

4/27/16
 The Eden District Municipality has been selected by Provinicial Government Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning to participate in the Development of Climate Adaptation Plans Programme. 
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David Gwynne-Evans on Road Verge Maintenance

David Gwynne-Evans on Road Verge Maintenance

4/27/16
 Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic or national group. So what does one call the deliberate termination not of a race, but multiple species of flora and fauna? The Cape is the only floral kingdom with  UNESCO World Heritage Status, due to it being home to an incredible 9600 plant species.
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Hessequa winner of national arbor award

Hessequa winner of national arbor award

4/26/16
 Hessequa Municipality was adjudged the winner of The National Arbor City Award Competition 2015. The awards event took place in Durban Botanic Gardens on 3 September 2015, during the launch of Arbor Week.  
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