Hand drawn map of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve - Frans Groenewald


Hand drawn map of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve - Frans Groenewald

Hand drawn map by Frans Groenewald

Understanding about the KBRC’s role in the Biosphere Reserve

Sometimes concepts that exist under our noses, are somewhat vague and do not make out a part of our everyday lives. Such is the case with the acronyms ‘KBR’ and ‘KBRC’, which both feature prominently in the Hangklip-Kleinmond area.

So here are some basics:


About the KBR (Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve)

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve zones

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve zones

The KBR begins in the Atlantic Ocean, 7.5km off a rugged, rocky shore interspersed by glorious, golden sandy beaches. A zig-zag ribbon of narrow coastal plain is squeezed between the ocean and huge sandstone mountains. Contorted by their tumultuous birth some 300 million years ago, these awesome folded mountain and highland valleys are home to over 1880 different species of plants, (South American rain-forest has just 420 species per 10000 square kilometres) 77 of which are endemic – found nowhere else in the world (the whole UK has just 22 endemics).

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company (KBRC) is a non-profit Section 21 Company registered in 2002. The registration number is 2002/017057/08. It has never been deregistered.

The KBR Section 21 Company was formed in 2002 but really gained momentum in 2005. It is governed by a Board of Directors supported by an Advisory  Committee. Together these two structures ensure that management is broadly representative of statutory bodies, communities and key NGOs in the region.

More information is available on the website.

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  Vol 4, Issue 3 – November 2017
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