Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal eco-systems which are internationally recognised within the framework of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO’s) Man and Biosphere Programme.

Collectively, they constitute a World Network. They are nominated by national governments and must meet a minimal set of criteria and adhere to a minimal set of conditions before being admitted into the World Network.

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Due largely to its ecological importance, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve was the first Biosphere Reserve to be declared in southern Africa and forms part of UNESCO’s world-wide network of Biosphere Reserves.

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve boasts 1 300 different plant species per 10 000 square kilometres – the highest diversity in the World! The next highest, Amazon rain forest, has only 420 species within the same area!

For more information on the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, download the brochure.

(Pictures by Scott Ramsay)