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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.
Become a Member Our membership portal is a global first in Biosphere Sustainability; your membership underwrites your intent and support to the success of our Biodiversity Projects, our Region and the maintenance of an ecological balance for future sustainability, for all.

We provide specific membership categories that facilitate public, institutional and commercial membership.

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.

Call for Community Project Applications

Call for Community Project Applications

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and your Local Municipality is pleased to announce a call for project applications for small community based projects.

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve would like to invite Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s); Community Based Organisations; Co-operatives; Religious Institutions and Community Leaders to submit micro-project proposals that will meet the following criteria:

1The project is focused in the West Coast;


2The project must have an environmental awareness, environmental management, conservation agriculture, eco-tourism and/or local economic development focus;


3The project capacitates the community and raises awareness on environmental issues and opportunities.


Examples for such projects could include:

  • Coastal or river Clean ups.
  • Organic gardening.
  • Greening i.e. planting trees in your local area.
  • Indigenous nurseries.
  • Water conservation projects.
  • School environmental projects.
  • Recycling projects

The maximum amount that a micro-project can receive is R20 000. Please fill in the Application Form below if you are interested in applying for funds. Should you need any assistance in filling in the application form, please contact the following Municipal Representatives:

Contact Person & Organisation

West Coast District

Kiewiet van Rooyen

Tel: 022 433 8518

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City of Cape Town Municipality

Nora Grose

Tel: 021 554 0310

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Cynthia Clayton

Tel: 021 573 7101

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Swartland Municipality

Patricia Solomons

Tel: 022 487 9400

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Bergrivier Municipality

Stanton Booys

Tel: 022 913 6077

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Saldanha Bay Municipality

Eugene Mmbadi

Tel: 022 701 7116

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Cape West Coast Biosphere (CWCBR)

Ryno Pienaar

Tel: 022 125 0050

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Completed Application Forms (downloadable below) must please be submitted by closing date of 13 November 2015:

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve

PO Box 283

Darling

7345

OR

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Office located at the West Coast Farm Stall on the corner of the R315 Yzerfontein Road and the R27 West Coast Road.

OR

Faxed to: The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve: 086 6626818

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Please download the Call for Community Projects Application form below.

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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

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.

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

Partners in Conservation

Cape Town Research & Conservation Initiative

CTRCI Website