25.07.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

South Africa’s Marico Biosphere Reserve added to World Network of Biosphere Reserves

The 30th session of the Man and the Biosphere Programme International Coordinating Council (MAB-ICC) meeting in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia has added South Africa’s Marico Biosphere Reserve to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Located in the north of the country, this biosphere reserve comprises a unique freshwater ecosystem which includes the Molemane, Molopo and Marico river systems. The ecosystem is characterized by wetlands and a dolomitic system, which constitute a valuable part of South Africa’s natural heritage. The savannah and grassland areas support vulnerable plant species such as Searsia maricoana. Endemic fauna include 73 species of mammal such as the African elephant, the black rhinoceros and the lion. The main economic activities are subsistence agriculture, livestock, game ranching and tourism.

For more information, please contact: p.oti-boateng(at)unesco.org. 

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