Capetonians happen, arguably, to live in one of the most spectacular settings on the planet. The Mother City's unique environment is its greatest and most fragile asset. It lies within the Cape Floristic Kingdom, the smallest and most diverse of the world's six floral kingdoms and Cape Town is blessed with a wealth of biodiversity hot spots of international importance, green spaces and natural resources - it is one of few cities in the world with a national park within the city's limits.
A growing green consciousness
Alongside this incredible natural heritage is an emerging green awareness. Cape Town is fairly humming with a growing green and sustainable living consciousness out of which green projects, markets, events, accommodation, eco products and services, green attractions, alternative energy sites, recycling projects and responsible tourism are rapidly emerging.
A Green Goal 2010 Initiative
The plan behind greening the 2010 Soccer World Cup - the Green Goal 2010 programme – builds on the success of Germany's 2006 model and takes into account the impact on the environment of such a huge event.
The programme, of which Cape Town Green Map is but one project, focuses on greening initiatives, carbon reduction and offset, water conservation, sustainable transport, integrated waste management, biodiversity awareness, green procurement, responsible tourism and environmental awareness.
Read more about the City's Green Goal Programme.
The Cape Town Green Map 2010 Team on Tygerberg Hill
Open Green Map
Cape Town Green Map has joined the Green Map movement - a community of over four thousand local green living sites around the world. Cape Town Green Map is powered by Open Green Map - an interactive mapmaking tool that quickly allows us to share green sites such as: biodiversity hot spots, green spaces, sustainable living projects, alternative energy sites, recycling projects and drop-offs, local green events, markets, eateries, responsible tourism, green accommodation, eco products and services, green attractions, alternative energy sites and more.
Philip meets with the founder of the Green Map System in New York, Wendy Brawer.
Read more about Open Green Map
Inclusive and evolving
Inclusive participation is a cornerstone of Cape Town Green Map. Explore the interactive green sites, share your suggested listings, add comments, or join us as a mapmaker in a collective effort to chart the natural, cultural and sustainable living sites in Cape Town.
The team behind the map
Read about the team behind the map.