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The Marico BR contributes to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, biodiversity and genetic variation within the greater region, in order to protect is vital environmental capital.    Simultaneously the Marico Biosphere also fosters economic and human development that are both socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable.   Within this environment, the Marico Biosphere Reserve provides support for research, monitoring, education and information exchange related to local, national and global issues of conservation and development.

What is so special about the Marico

The first and foremost unique and special aspect about the Marico Biosphere is its position to be a major protector of water and water quality impacting a large portion of South Africa as well as our international neighbours.     “These unique Dolomitic ecosystems are a valuable part of SA’s natural heritage, having very few parallels anywhere in the world” (Skelton, Ribbink, & Twentyman-Jones, 1994).

The three rivers that fall within the Marico BR, namely the Marico, Molopo and Molemane Rivers, all originate in the dolomitic aquifer plateau region south of the towns of Groot-Marico and Zeerust.  In the upper reaches of this region, are the three dolomitic “eyes – ie the origin sources of the rivers themselves - the Molopo, Molemane and Marico Eyes.

The Marico River forms the boundary between Botswana and South Africa before it joins the Crocodile River and becomes the headwaters for the Limpopo River.  The Mario River is the international boundary between South Africa and Botswana and the Limpopo is the international Boundary between South African and Zimbabwe.   One of the 2 major dams on the Marico river – the Molatedi dam is also used to provide water to Gabarone in Botswana

What is so Special

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