Eswatini's first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve


UNESCO's "Man and the Biosphere" programme has declared that the Kingdom of Eswatini's Lubombo Biosphere Reserve is now a UNESCO site. It is one of 18 new sites in 12 countries that were added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.


Located in the Lubombo Mountain Range, the reserve forms Eswatini’s eastern border with Mozambique and South Africa. The 294, 020 hectare-reserve is part of the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot.


Twenty of the 88 mammal species in the area can only be found in the Lubombo region. Among these are leopard, White rhino, tsessebe, Roan antelope, Cape buffalo and Suni.


The Lubombo Biosphere Reserve's ecosystems include forest, wetland and savannah. The reserve is home to conservation and monitoring projects, as well as commercial enterprises, industry, agriculture, animal farming, and forestry.