The Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (VBR) is the sixth South African Biosphere Reserve and the third in Limpopo Province. The VBR aims to conserve the areas uniquely bio-diverse environment, while simultaneously supporting and promoting much needed sustainable development.


Research at Pafuri

The research function of the VBR is managed by the Research Chair in Biodiversity Value and Change held by Professor Peter Taylor at the University of Venda.


Shashe Limpopo confluence

Biosphere reserves contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation. The VBR has completed an assessment of biodiversity to assist in identifying future conservation areas and corridors between these.


Community development in the Vhembe Biosphere

Biosphere reserves foster economic and human development, which is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable. To this end the VBR has compiled a database of what are termed ‘Biosphere Demonstration Projects’.


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