UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme provides a framework for exploring local solutions to challenges by mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, integrating economic, social and environmental aspects and recognizing their vital linkages within specific learning landscapes adjacent to Protected Areas. The Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region Non-Profit Company (K2C) was established in 2011 to act as the vehicle for coordinating the implementation of Biosphere activities. The K2C vision is “Partnering to achieve a sustainable future for all life in the K2C biosphere” and the K2C works towards this vision through relevant facilitation, collaboration, co-ordination and fundraising to either support or initiate and implement actions.
The K2C BR is currently running 13 projects with partners across this landscape linking sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Project focuses vary from the expansion of protected areas; other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs); capacity building of environmental monitors in rural communities; environmental awareness; water security; alien invasive plant clearing, agro-ecology and sustainable land management. Interventions are focused on the interface where vulnerable communities; water; biodiversity and ecosystem services exists which is pertinent in the face of climate change. This is achieved by working at a number of levels, across disciplines and with a number of partners which helps to ensure impact at scale. In addition work focuses on capacity building, awareness and career pathing activities within the environmental sector with a particular focus on youth and women.
How long has your Organisation been operational?
Is your Organisation a registered entity? If so, please list your registration details below for eg: NPO Number, PBO Number, NPC Number etc
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region Non-Profit Company No. 2011/109145/08.
Do you have a Wish List? If so, please post it below:
The thing we find we struggle with most is covering costs of general admin and running costs. While donors fund our conservation and sustainable development work, funding for positions like a part-time bookkeeper/admin assistant to take that burden off other staff is a struggle. Similarly, a funded 4×4 project vehicle for staff to use when out working in Protected Areas or the surrounding communities would be welcome as not all staff members have suitable vehicles.
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Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:
Accomplishments to date include: 74 010 hectares declared as protected areas; 958 jobs created in the green economy; currently 170 young Environmental Monitors in communities and partner supporting host institutions; 14 199 hectares of land have been rehabilitated and 22 167 hectares cleared of alien invasive plants.