The Marico Biosphere Reserve
A Rocha South Africa partnered with the Marico River Conservation Association (MRCA) in the North West Province in efforts to unite landowners and local communities in a 30 000 hectare area of the Marico River catchment near the town of Groot Marico for the establishment of the Marico Biosphere Reserve.
With funding from the UNDP the following programmes were launched:
- An Ecology Field Education Centre was established on the banks of the Marico River where training of locals takes and youth camps are held.
- An Indigenous Nursery and a Bee-keeping groups were established and staffed by locals providing them alternative livelihoods.
- Beading and Sewing Groups were expanded in the area as a method of providing alternative livelihoods for local and indigenous communities along the river.
- Environmentally sustainable ecotourism “slack packing” hiking routes are being developed with local participation and management.
Unfortunately this partnership was terminated due to a lack of further funding.