Responsible Tourism Week: How the City of Cape Town’s nature reserves strive towards being responsible destinations

The City of Cape Town’s nature reserves strive towards responsible tourism principles by:

Using alternative energy and alternative building design where possible to save energy and water, to reduce waste and to increase biodiversity

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  • Gradually registering all of its environmental education centres as Eco Centres – with strict criteria on energy and water consumption, waste reduction and maximisation of biodiversity
  • Offering various environmental education programmes that focus on responsible actions during activities at the nature reserves
  • Ensuring that only certain areas are open to the public, thereby reducing the damaging footprint in sensitive areas
  • Placing biodiversity and the management thereof first, over and above recreational activities
  • Involving community members in visits to the nature reserves
  • Employing community members at the nature reserves through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
  • By training staff on what they can do daily to reduce their footprint
  • Offering entrance to the nature reserves at a low cost, making it accessible to all
  • Aiming to have a nature reserve or open space within walking distance of every school.

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For further information on the City’s nature reserves call 021 514 4188.

ENQUIRIES: NATANYA DREYER, SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION OFFICER, ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT,TEL: 021 514 4188,
E-MAIL: NATANYA.DREYER@CAPETOWN.GOV.ZA