This website is developed with the support of the Resilient Waters Programme Developed by: Bushveld Connections Home About Us Our World Projects and Programs Take Action Publications Contact Us

Healthy Environment - Happy People

Why a Biosphere Reserve

Since 2010, we have led the effort to permanently protect the upper reaches of the Marico River. Legal protection was granted, consequently we are now able to expand to the broader Dolomitic Aquifer System of the North West Province of South Africa.

This culminated into the designation of the Marico Biosphere Reserve on 25 July 2018 by UNESCO's 'Man and the Biosphere' management.


By harnessing the underlying environmental, human and economic potential of the area, we create, communicate and deliver sustainable integrated value to our designated natural environment, focus groups, and society at large 

The Marico Biosphere Reserve is comprised of a freshwater system that includes the Molemane, Molopo, and Marico river systems, and forms part of the broader Dolomitic Aquifer System of the North West Province (UNESCO 2018). The Groot-Marico and Molemane rivers feed into the Limpopo river which provides water for people in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. The Molopo feeds into the Orange river and the Southern aquifers supply water to the Lichtenburg wetland system that feeds into the Harts river and then into the Vaal river.

A Biosphere Reserve protects diverse habitats and increases or sustains  biodiversity …

Diverse Habitats

A registered Biosphere Reserve has significant responsibilities to adhere to .....

Our Responsibilities ...

Biosphere Reserves are areas of significance environmentally and culturally ....

What is so special about the Marico?

What it means to be a Biosphere Reserve

more >>>more >>>more >>>more >>>

Visit the Marico to explore all the significant features she has to offer

Come and see for yourself ....

more >>>