May 31, 2009
The Vhembe region of Limpopo province became South Africa’s sixth biosphere reserve last week, when Unesco announced the addition of 22 new sites to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
It includes the northern part of the Kruger National Park, the Makuleke Wetlands Ramsar Site, the Soutpansberg and Blouberg bio-diversity hot spots, as well as the Mapungube Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site and the Makgabeng Plateau with more than 1000 rock art sites.
Biosphere reserves share their experience and ideas nationally, regionally and internationally within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. There are 531 sites worldwide in 105 countries.