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The Department of Environmental Affairs to host National Man and Biosphere Awareness event in George, Western Cape

18 February 2015

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs in conjunction with the Eden Municipality and Garden Route Reserve Company will host the National Man and the Biosphere Showcase Event, from 20 – 21 February 2015 at the Garden Route Biosphere.

The aim of the event is to raise public awareness on conservation, research and development brought forth by the biosphere reserves. A biosphere is an ecosystem that supports life and all living organisms that inhabit it.

Biosphere reserves are national sites of terrestrial and marine ecosystems designated under United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). They are areas that are much more than “protected areas” and form an integral part of a regional planning and development strategy aimed at promoting sustainable development and conservation.

The annual biosphere reserve event has been identified as one of the approaches to increase the level of public awareness of biosphere reserves in the country, particularly to communities living near reserves.  The awareness will highlight the importance of biosphere reserves and why is it important for sustainable land use management.

The National Department of Environmental Affairs will be joined by Eden Municipality for the inaugural of the biosphere reserve awareness. This event will be celebrated under the theme Biosphere Reserve, sustainable land use management.’’

Media is invited to attend as follows:

Day 1

Date: 20 February 2015

Time: 09h00 - 18h00

Venue: Wilderness Hotel Resort Spa
             Fix George Road
             Wilderness
             South Africa
             6560

Day 2

Date: 21 February 2015

Time: 09h00 - 12h00

Venue: Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp
             Wilderness section of Garden Route National Park
             Wilderness
             South Africa
             6560

To RSVP contact:

Simangele Mabusela
Tel: 012 399 9987
Cell: 0788653360
E-mail: smabusela@environment.gov.za

For media inquiries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871