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Since 2010, we have led the effort to permanently protect the upper reaches of the Marico River. Legal protection was granted when the Marico Protected Environment was declared in terms of the Protected Areas Act of 2003. We have since been able to expand to the broader Dolomitic Aquifer System of the North West Province of South Africa.

This culminated into the designation of the Marico Biosphere Reserve on 25 July 2018 by UNESCO's 'Man and the Biosphere' management.


By harnessing the underlying environmental, human and economic potential of the area, we create, communicate and deliver sustainable integrated value to our designated natural environment, focus groups, and society at large 

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The Marico Biosphere Reserve is comprised of a freshwater system that includes the Molemane, Molopo, Elands and Marico river systems, and forms part of the broader Dolomitic Aquifer System of the North West Province (UNESCO 2018). The Groot-Marico and Molemane rivers feed into the Limpopo river, which provides water for people in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. The Molopo feeds into the Orange river and the Lichtenburg wetland system feeds into the Harts river and then into the Vaal river. The Marico BR lies within the watershed area of these three major rivers of South Africa and it is the only place where these three rivers share catchments/drainage regions. It is therefore critical to protect these systems to ensure the sustainable supply of quality water. The upper reaches of the Groot-Marico river was classified as a National Fresh Water Ecosystems Priority Area (NFEPA) in 2010 and was identified as a flagship free-flowing river due to the fact that it is still in an A/B class meaning it is in an unmodified or largely natural condition. It is therefore the only free-flowing NFEPA river in North West and Gauteng Provinces.

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