Town is the first local authority in Africa to implement an Integrated
Metropolitan Environmental Policy (IMEP).
landmark for environmental management in the developing world, its
first three strategies to be implemented are those dealing with the
Coastal Zone, Biodiversity and Environmental Education and Training.
Councillors signed the Leadership Pledge committing them to
achieving the vision of the Policy.
Town is the only city on the continent with the rare combination of
a mountain, seashore and two biosphere reserves in and around its
Town is regarded as the capital of the Cape Floristic Kingdom - the
tiniest, richest and most threatened of the six floral kingdoms in
strategies aimed at integrating the goals of development, poverty
alleviation and conservation, employ an approach to environmental
education, training and management that should deliver conserved
habitats and recreational spaces while empowering citizens and
sustaining environmental resources that facilitate employment opportunities.
effectiveness of the strategies depends on the commitment and
involvement of a wide range of partners, therefore communities and
other sectors of society are invited to participate in the
implementation of these strategies.