Cape Town Green Map Turns 3 on World Environment Day
Now, three years on this legacy project from the City of Cape Town's Green Goal 2010 Action Plan, the environmental programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, is still at the forefront of “green” map making in South Africa.
Cape Town is uniquely positioned to spearhead Green Map making on the African continent, as it is one of a handful of cities worldwide with an entire National Park situated within the city limits, it has a remarkably rich biodiversity and is a City that is committed to environmental sustainability.
“The Green Map is both a website and a print map,” explains Arne Purves, project manager from the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department. ”The integration of these two mediums has enabled the Cape Town Green Map to reach as wide an audience as possible.”
Highlights over the past year have included;
- World Design Capital 2014 – the Cape Town Green Map featured in the city’s successful bid for this prestigious title.
- Climate Smart Cape Town – the Cape Town Green Map was part of this campaign that contributed to the build up to COP17 and provided a strong city presence in Durban.
- Input to COPART – a series of events leading up to COP17 explored creative responses to contemporary environmental concerns. The Cape Town Green Map was distributed on the COPART Climate Train that travelled through SA on its way to Durban.
- Open Green Map elected Arne Purves as a representative to the International Green Map Advisory Council.
- Two interns from Norway – Line Barkved and Mari Egge – made a valuable contribution during their 3 month internship. Both graduate students with specific environmental interests, they brought fresh insights to the website in particular.
- A redesign of our website to make it even more user-friendly was an outcome of the internship.
The site www.capetowngreenmap.co.za is your easy point of entry to what ‘green’ Cape Town has to offer. But it has many additional features. The blog focuses on green issues and news stories, and an events calendar keeps you up to date on green happenings in your area. It’s a one stop portal that forms part of the global platform www.opengreenmap.org.
The Cape Town Green Map connects the city to the Green Map movement – a community of over twenty two thousand local green sites from around the world. The Green Map System has engaged over 800 communities in 63 countries.
The Cape Town Green Map website has built a credible social media following that facilitates its connection with residents and visitors to the City.
The printed Cape Town Green Map
Our cycling Mayor – Alderman Patricia de Lille – is on the cover the 3rd edition of the printed version of the Cape Town Green Map.
“This user-friendly map helps you find places of particular interest whether it’s a national park, local organic market, the sites of waste recycling plants, or cycle and walking trails,” explains Philip Todres of A&C Maps cc, publishers of special interest map guides. “It’s all part of our aim to enable users to ‘find it – live it’ in terms of green options Making places easy to find is what a map is all about and our experience in map making ensures we were able to deliver on what the City had in mind with this project.”
The team behind the creation of both the online and printed map are the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department and A&C Maps cc.