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People living in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region (K2C BR) are fortunate to be custodians of one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth:

GEOGRAPHY

The Seville Strategy is a document drawn up in Seville Spain which was drawn up to outline the principles and concepts behind the UNESCO MaB Programme and from which Biosphere’s around the world are able to plan and implement processes and projects

FAUNA AND FLORA

The Madrid Action Plan is a revision of the Seville Strategy drawn up during the 3rd World Conference for Biosphere Reserves In  Madrid, February 2008.  It outlines adapted strategies and objectives to deal with a changing world. And the world network of Biosphere Reserves

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The Escarpment Mountains with its grasslands and afro-montane forests towers over the savannah bushveld of the Lowveld, where huge areas are designated as formal conservation lands.  The life giving waters that are captured and then released by the higher rainfall in the Escarpment Mountains links these three biomes and the people and their livelihoods through the rivers flowing towards the Indian Ocean.

This endowment described above offers unique opportunities and responsibilities to the custodians of the land and subsequently led to the establishment of the K2C Biosphere Region ( ratified by UNESCO in 2001).


HOLISTIC VIEWPOINT

In Ancient cultures, the understanding of the link and connection between an individual and his or her world around them, was an integral part of their culture and their vision on the world.

As time progressed and “modernisation” wound its way into the daily facets of life, we have lost this connection and have rather chosen to see ourselves as separate to, or even above the world around us and instead of seeing it as an extension of ourselves, we have chosen to see it as a resource and supplier to our integral needs.

However, more and more, we are both feeling the need, and being presented with indication of our connection and integral reliance on the world around us.

It is only when we start linking into and becoming part of the world around us and seeing it as an extension of ourselves that we will truly start looking after it.   This includes our friends, family and the society around us, as well as the physical world and the geography and geology around us and similarly, the environmental world of fauna and flora around us.

The principles of the MaB Concept try to help and assist in creating or showcasing these links, ties and connections, either between different communities, or between individuals and communities and the environment around them.

Holistic and “single vision management” has a far greater chance at success and resilience into the future than does a patchworked, broken and un-homogenous form of management.

However, in order to enable such a vision, we also need to ensure that we know as much as is possible as regards the various factors and sectors within the K2C region.


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