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Cape West Coast Trails The Cape West Coast Biosphere are launching
5 new exciting trails! The aim of the Cape West Coast Trails is to improve the well-being of communities living within the Biosphere Reserve boundary. Guides, caterers, drivers as well as accommodation and meals in restaurants have been sourced in these communities.
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Welcome to the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve

From 2000, the West Coast stretching from the Milnerton Diep River in the South to the Berg River in the North became a Biosphere Reserve; this new status requires us that live here and those that visit to participate actively in the process to reach the objectives that all Biosphere Reserves must fulfill.

Natural Resource Management Land User Incentives Project

Working for Water Alien Clearing Project

In March 2013, the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) was allocated an alien clearing project with the Department of Environmental Affairs: Working for Water programme (WfW). This project stretched over a period of three years which ended in March 2016. The project employed 96 people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the three year period, approximately 2300 initial hectares and 1025 of follow hectares of Alien vegetation was removed from critically important ecosystems. The Cape West Coast Biosphere is happy to announce that the project has been renewed for another three years ending in 2019. Read More


Research: Partners in Conservation

Cape Town Research & Conservation Initiative

There is a great need for conservation action on the West Coast. The West Coast is faced with serious development pressure threatening the unique remaining biodiversity. The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve has signed an MOU with the CTRCI (Cape Town Research and Conservation Initiative).

The CTRCI enrol volunteers from abroad to gain experience in conservation and research in South Africa (baseline data collection, research assistance, assistance with conservation projects, beach clean-ups and more). They have been working in Madagascar for some time and they have now started a Cape Town Office.

They will house approximately 30 volunteers on an ongoing basis.

The West Coast Biosphere is their area of focus and the volunteers can expect to be involved in an array of exciting priority conservation and research projects focused on sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. The CTRCI will be the first volunteer program of their kind that includes sustainable development projects and not only the wildlife side of things as per the norm.

The database as well as all research originating from this collaboration will be freely available to civil society and all partners in conservation and research. This is a great vehicle for addressing important research questions and conservation issues on the West Coast that can only grow from strength to strength. Volunteers will be working at the forefront of real world conservation issues making invaluable contributions to responsible conservation management on the West Coast.

Please visit the CTRCI Website for more information

Cape West Coast Trails

About Us

What is a Biosphere

[highlight]Biosphere reserves are territories with beautiful landscapes, a considerable abundance of species of fauna and flora, its own and unique culture, where harmony between development and the natural surrounding is promoted.[/highlight]

They are like specific areas where models of sustainable development, that seek better living conditions based on environmental principles, are tried and proven.

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Where is the CWCBR

Partners in Conservation

Cape Town Research & Conservation Initiative

CTRCI Website