UNESCO in Oct 2001, K2C Biosphere deals with conservation of Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, Education and Research
K2C is recognized under the UNESCO (United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Man and the Biosphere Programme.
It became the 411th Biosphere Reserve site to be registered in 94 countries worldwide, acknowledging the global significance of Greater Kruger bioregion, the eastern savannahs and escarpment of South Africa.
Biosphere Reserves are designated regions throughout the world where internationally important ecosystems and protected areas lie adjacent to human settlements, and are established to promote solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use.
The K2C Biosphere Programme is an extensive community-driven initiative situated in the east of the country. It bridges Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, and it is also at the interface of the Eastern Transvaal Drakensberg Escarpment and the Central Lowveld.
K2C is currently implementing a range of conservation and sustainable development projects that are managed in an integrated way & address our vision and strategic objectives. Interventions are focused on the interface where vulnerable communities; water; biodiversity and ecosystem services exist which is pertinent in the face of climate change. This is achieved by working at a number of levels, across disciplines and with a number of partners which helps to ensure impact at scale. K2C has considerable experience implementing projects within the biodiversity stewardship framework which works with private, communal and corporate landowners to better manage and formally protect critical ecosystems and biodiversity areas. In addition, our work focuses on capacity building, awareness & career pathing activities within the environmental sector with a particular focus on youth & women.
K2C has 70 community based Environmental Monitors that are trained and capacitated to use a film as a tool.