The source of the Berg River, looking towards Franschhoek from Assegaaibos. Photo: Mark Heistein
Riviersonderend Mountain Catchment Area, taken during an outing with children. Photo: Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, view towards Franschhoek. Photo: Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve
Theewaterskloof Dam, a picture showing the drastic state of the drought in the Cape Winelands. Photo: Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve
15 November 2017IUCN, The International Union for Conservation of Nature, published a World Heritage Outlook 2 -report this week stating that invasive plant species cause increased intensity of wildfires and drying in Western Cape. The report assesses the threats climate change poses to Natural World Heritage sites.
13 November 2017Over the last two years, CWBR has been partnering with The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment to organise overnight hikes as part of the Adventurous Journey component of The President’s Award Programme (https://www.presidentsaward.co.za/). Last weekend, CWBR hosted a two-day Bronze hike for 4 enthusiastic Cape Town youth currently on their Bronze Level of the Award.
13 November 2017Last Monday, two of our our volunteers took eFata children out to the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve farm!
09 November 2017Last weekend, The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, together with Breede Centre, organised an educational camp in the beautiful surroundings of McGregor.
27 November 2015Stellenbosch Mayor Conrad Sidego visited the Sustainable Living Centre at DelVera Estate for the first time last Friday. He was accompanied by Gerald Esau (Stellenbosch Municipality's Manager: Community & Services) and Stephanie Nieuwoudt (an experienced journalist in the Mayor's Office).
Food security, greening and pride in the home are just some of the issues addressed by People's Food Forests. Working with donors, CWBR has already planted nearly 7,000 food-bearing trees in squatter townships
Cape Town's world-beating water quality is due to the pristine environment of its catchment areas - and two of these are in the CWBR with its seven major rivers... which are all under threat.
The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) is an internationally-proclaimed area located within the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa. It is located in the Western Cape Province approximately 40 km east of Cape Town. The Biosphere Reserve extends from the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve in the south, northwards along the Cape Fold Belt Mountain Chain and the adjoining valleys constituting the Cape Winelands.
It was demarcated in accordance with the Western Cape Provincial government's bioregional approach, which regards it as essential that landscapes are managed in a holistic and integrated manner that ensures the consolidation and continuation of ecosystems and habitats. The total extent of the designated area is approximately 322,030 ha.
At the local municipal level, the following areas have been incorporated: Stellenbosch Municipality, portion of Drakenstein Municipality, portion of Breede Valley Municipality, portion of Witzenberg Muncipality and a portion of Theewaterskloof Municipality.