Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve
The GCBR is not only exceptional in terms of its palaeolandscape, it is also globally unique with the presence of 3 iconic biodiversity hotspots.
On the southern edge of Africa lies a place all humans can call ‘home’ – the place where almost 200 000 years ago our earliest modern ancestors began their journey across Africa and the world. This place is located in the heart of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR). The GCBR is not only exceptional in terms of its palaeolandscape, it is also globally unique as it is the only area in the world where three recognized biodiversity hotspots, the Fynbos, Succulent Karoo and Maputoland-
“Jobs for Carbon: Developing carbon farming in the Klein Karoo”– a flagship initiative that combines job creation with conservation. Carbon farming involves the re-
In addition to the Jobs for Carbon Project, the GCBR is home to many other successful projects, including a constructed wetlands project in De Rust, various environmental education programmes, an environmental commercial enterprise derived from the Jobs for Carbon Project (#spekkies) and various other community-