The Cape Town Green Map uses the globally designed, universal set of symbols developed by Green Map System that has been adopted in about 1,000 published Green Maps around the world to connect millions with green living, nature, social and cultural resources close to home and while travelling.

Open Green Map

The Green Map System has been around since 1995 and has evolved into a movement that has spread to over 990 cities, towns and villages in 65 countries. Late in 2008 the Green Map System introduced Open Green Map. Based on open source and familiar mapping technology like Google Map, Open Green Map has taken mapmaking into an interactive space that provides a collaborative resource centre for map makers around the world.

It means that Cape Town Green Map is a direct, democratic communication of local knowledge and action.

The icons

The award-winning icons, which are also one of the very first universal symbol sets for maps, make each Green Map easy to explore, regardless of the language and culture of the viewer. They're designed to be updated. We're now using version 3, which took five years to update with the help of hundreds of Green Mapmakers and the public, completed in early 2008. Now open source, as described at

gms logo    Green Map System Icons, CC BY-NC-SA +CC