On the 20th of September 2001, the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Reserve was registered in Paris by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). K2C is recognised under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme.
It became the 411th Biosphere Reserve site to be registered in 94 countries worldwide, acknowledging the global significance of the Greater Kruger bioregion, the eastern savannahs and escarpment of South Africa.
Biosphere Reserves are designated regions throughout the world where internationally important ecosystems and protected areas lie adjacent to human settlements, and are established to promote solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use.
The K2C Biosphere Programme is an extensive community-driven initiative situated in the east of the country.