12th National MAB Meeting
On the 14 & 15thJune 2018 K2C representatives attended the 12thNational MAB Meeting held at the DEA Offices: Environment House, in Pretoria. The National MAB meetings are opportunities for all the South African Biosphere Reserves / Regions to meet and engage with each other and DEA.
Vusi Tshabalala of the K2C presented “Value and benefits of collaborating with DEA and other Programmes in Landscape” showcasing K2C’s work in the landscape. This was well received by several of the other Biospheres, who were impressed with the different projects K2C is implementing and / or supporting in the region. These projects are aligned with the K2C’s own Strategic Objectives, as well as the UNESCO MaB Programme Strategy and the more recent Lima Action Plan.
Cath Vise of the Vhembe Biosphere shared the interesting process they followed with consultants who were developing the “Global UNESCO Story” , in piloting the development of their (Vhembe’s) own story.
One of the main deliverables to come out of this National MaB Meeting is for each of the Biospheres to report their progress (and gaps) in terms of the comprehensive South African MAB Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, which is linked to the Strategy that was developed in 2016.