Franschhoek, Western Cape. Photo: Pierre Heistein
McGregor, Western Cape. Photo: Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve
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
08 August 2019Because of the recent rainfall, many dams in the Western Cape are filling, and some even overflowing! In the recent weeks, CWBR staff and volunteers visited Stettynskloof dam, which was then at 102%. This week, the Berg River dam is reported to be at 101.4%!
26 July 2019It’s the time of year for the bi-annual Western Cape Field Guides Association of South Africa meeting! Just before the annual fynbos forum, so a great opportunity to get your minds stimulated if you are also going to that event.
07 July 2019An interesting take on Drone technology to be used for future speedy reforestation in hard to reach areas. Read the Business Insider article on South African and Australian technology coming together to create the next possible solution.
28 June 2019There are new exciting additions to the number of Biosphere Reserves in the world, as well as expansions to existing ones! Read the links to find out about where and who they are, and why they have been accepted by UNESCO to be part of the worldwide family who collectively address critical conservation and development issues.
29 April 2019There is only one International Earth Day a year: However, every day is Earth Day. This year’s theme is ‘Protect Our Species’ International Earth Day 22nd April, 2019
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.
Because of the recent rainfall, many dams in the Western Cape are filling, and some even overflowing!
In the recent weeks, CWBR staff and volunteers visited Stettynskloof dam, which was then at 102%. This week, the Berg River dam is reported to be at 101.4%!
It’s the time of year for the bi-annual Western Cape Field Guides Association of South Africa meeting! Just before the annual fynbos forum, so a great opportunity to get your minds stimulated if you are also going to that event.