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
- 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.
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,