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City of Cape Town - Environmental Resource Management Department

The Environmental Resource Management Department (ERMD) is tasked with leading the implementation of the City's Integrated Metropolitan Environmental Policy (IMEP).

This forms the framework for a series of strategies and programmes aimed at ensuring that the principles of environmental sustainability are adhered to. The five lead strategies are: Biodiversity, Energy and Climate Change, Coastal Zone Management, Cultural Heritage and Environmental Education and Training.

Working in close collaboration with other City departments and key stakeholders, the ERM Department focuses on key areas such as biodiversity management, environmental and heritage management, environmental management systems, environmental information systems, environmental strategy and partnerships, environmental capacity building, sustainable livelihoods and communications, and resource conservation.

A&C maps

Started over 20 years ago, The Arts & Crafts Map focused on the vibrant creative arts field and showed people how to find galleries and museums in and around Cape Town.  The Arts & Crafts Map has been published each year since 1989 and to this has been added the annual publication of the Food Map, Cape Town Kids Map, Craft Shopping Map, Design Map and  the Pink Map .  In 2009 the Darwin Trail was established to mark Charles Darwin’s journey to the Cape in 1836 aboard the HMS Beagle.  A range of special fields of interest have been added over  the years and these include the Library Map and the Islamic Cape Town Map . The Theewaterskloof Map – introducing the Cape Country Meander was introduced in 2010. 

All  these maps can be seen on

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