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Biodiversity Action Day and Sustainable Living Festival on Biodiversity and Agriculture, South Africa, 14-18th May, 2008

Republic of South Africa

  • Growth of population: 47,85 Mio. (Juli 2007), annual rate of growth: 1,06%
  • Total land area: 1.219.912 square km (= 3,4 times the size of Germany)
  • Type of Government: Presidential system with federal elements
  • Rate of economic growth: GDP: 2006: 5,0 % 2007: 5,1 %

Facts and figures about Kruger to Canyons

  • Third largest biosphere reserve in the world
  • Since 2001 UNESCO MaB (Man and Biosphere) reserve
  • Estimated size of about 2.6 million hectares is divided into core, buffer and transition zone
  • Transition zone (1.2 million hectares) contains different agricultural systems esp. in the lowveld
  • Population: 1.5 million people (~ 97 % black) living mainly in the transition zone

The Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Region was proclaimed as a UNESCO MaB (Man and Biosphere) reserve in 2001. The region encompasses parts of the Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve but with the biggest portion of land under conservation that is privately owned in the world. The K2C boasts widely diverse landscapes containing various habitats and exceptional biodiversity (e.g. 149 mammal species, 510 bird species and 57 fish species).

K2C has an estimated size of about 2.6 million hectares and falls into two provinces of South Africa i.e. Limpopo and Mpumalanga. It is divided into a core zone of 923.770 hectares, a buffer zone of 485.586 hectares, and a transition zone of 1.2 million hectares. As such it is the third largest biosphere reserve in the world.

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) was celebrated on 22 May 2008, with the theme Biodiversity and Agriculture. The topic reflected the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and ecosystem services to food security, nutrition and human well-being. It also highlighted the importance of agriculture to biodiversity and sustainable development. "Biodiversity and Agriculture" was chosen to coincide with one of the main topics of the agenda of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties ( COP9) to the Biodiversity Convention in May 2008 in Bonn, Germany.

Together with Agricultural Research Council ( ARC), Republic of South Africa (RSA); Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism ( DEAT), RSA;  Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism ( LEDET), RSA; Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provincial Government, RSA; Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency ( MTPA); Mpumalanga Rural Development Programme (MRDP); South African Environmental Observation Network ( SAEON); South African National Parks Board ( SANParks); United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FAO); Secretariat of the convention on biological diversity ( SCBD); German Technical Cooperation ( GTZ); KfW Entwicklungsbank ( KfW);  Bushveld Connections and  K2C EXCO organized the following events:

Sustainable Living Festival (May 15-17 2008)

Biodiversity Day (May 16-17 2008)


A video on Biodiversity Day in K2C was exclusively screened at COP 9 IBD celebrations to link the level of local action with global decision making.

10th GEO-Day of Biodiversity in Germany

This years' event, organized by GEO, will take place at the Bavarian Forest on June 14th.

More information can be found here: (German)