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Sustainable Development in Cape Town

The City of Cape Town adopted its first Integrated Environmental Policy in 2001, known as IMEP (Integrated Metropolitan Environmental Policy). IMEP serves as a framework environmental management strategy for the City of Cape Town, by providing clear statements of intent, principles and tools for environmental management. Detailed targets and strategies have been set to give substance to these principles and statements (including the allocation of specific roles and responsibilities for implementation, performance audits, progress reporting and State of the Environment reporting). IMEP’s holistic approach means that it integrates issues pertaining to the both the natural and built environment as well as cultural and socio-economic factors, into an environmental policy framework.

Three IMEP priority strategies which have to date been approved address Biodiversity, Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Training and Education. Future strategies for implementation include an Energy and Climate Change Strategy and an Air Quality Management Plan have been drafted.

Further examples of Sustainable Development in Cape Town will be on show during the Cape Town Day of the World Congress.

Biodiversity Strategy

Cape Town is one of three cities world-wide that ranks as an urban biodiversity 'hotspot'. Cape Town is located within the Cape Floristic Kingdom, one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. It is the smallest of the world's floral kingdoms but is also one of the richest with a high proportion of endemic and endangered species. The strategy objectives provide ways in which the City can best nurture its spectacular natural beauty and conserve its rich natural heritage. The strategy gives focus to the role of partners and partnerships in protecting and conserving biodiversity and emphasises the need for active participation and support of organisations and individuals, at local, national and international levels.

Environmental Education and Training Strategy

This strategy acts as a framework for the co-ordination and implementation of the City’s environmental education and training initiatives. Four projects have emerged from the strategic planning process for environmental education and training. These include an environmental page in the Induction Programme Manual for all new City of Cape Town employees; the creation of an Environmental Education & Training Database for City of Cape Town Projects, Programmes and Resource Materials and an analysis of internal training needs will be undertaken to support and improve environmental management.

Coastal Zone Management Strategy

Cape Town has 307 km of coastline, making its coastal zone important economic and social assets. In 2003, the City of Cape Town adopted a Coastal Zone Management Strategy as a framework policy document that reflects sustainability principles. A Coastal Zone Technical Co-ordinating Committee (CZTCC), representing all of the City's key line functions, as well as the Table Mountain National Park, was formed to oversee and implement the Coastal Zone Management Strategy.

Sustainable Development in Cape Town links and downloads

City of Cape Town IMEP strategy [PDF, 601KB]

City of Cape Town Environmental Leaflet – summer 2005 [PDF, 474KB]

Cape Town Cities for Climate Protection newsletter – May 2005 [PDF, 280KB]

World Congress Cape Town Day

IMEP homepage

Page last updated: 10.May.2012

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