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Environmental Management Department<span> <div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">       <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/ERM-04.jpg" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>Fish Hoek is one of the City's most popular beaches and thanks to its <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/environmental-resource-management/fish-hoek-shark-exclusion-net">shark exclusion net</a>, is now a safer swimming spot for the entire city.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/ERM-09.jpg" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/environmental-resource-management/helderberg-marine-protected-area-programme">Helderberg Marine Protected Area</a> is off-limits to the public. Regular cleaning is one of the measures in place to combat the effects of pollution.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/ERM-12.jpg" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The Old Granary Building in Cape Town CBD is <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/environmental-resource-management/restoration-of-the-old-granary-building">undergoing exciting renovations</a>.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-4"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/ERM-01.jpg" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>Together with its partners, the City began the <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/environmental-resource-management/skilpadsvlei-rehabilitation-project">Skilpadsvlei Rehabilitation Project</a> and brought an endangered species back from the edge of extinction.</p> </figcaption> </figure><figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-5"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Traffic%20Transport%20-%20Smart%20driving%20-%20Inline%20Graphic.jpg" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>The <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/environmental-resource-management/smart-driver-programme">Smart Driver Programme</a> teaches City fleet drivers how to drive responsibly and monitors drivers and their fleet vehicles.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-6"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/ERM-02.jpg" alt="" style="display:none;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/environmental-resource-management/source-to-sea-river-corridor-project">Source to Sea River Corridor Project</a> aims to protect and restore important ecosystems and increase recreational urban and natural spaces.</p> </figcaption> </figure></div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"> </div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 6</div> <div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i> </div></div></div></div></span><p> <strong>Biodiversity Management Branch</strong><br>We are responsible for conserving and restoring Cape Town’s unique biodiversity. We manage over 16 <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves">nature reserves</a> and undertake conservation planning, environmental education, skills development and invasive alien species management. Job creation is an important component of our work.</p><p> <strong>Coastal Management Branch</strong><br>We assume accountability and management of the city’s coastline (seaward of the defined Coastal Edge) so as to ensure ongoing economic growth and opportunities, increased access and social value, coastal risk reduction and the management and conservation of the natural coastal environment and systems.</p><p> <strong>Environmental Compliance Branch</strong><br>We help the City comply with environmental laws, policies and procedures. Our work includes conducting environmental compliance inspections and environmental audits of City facilities, and guiding other departments in developing environmental management systems to protect the environment. We also undertake civil and criminal environmental law enforcement and provide environmental spatial data for biodiversity, wetlands and the coast. We also facilitate service delivery by providing an environmental screening, advisory and review service to enable line departments to adhere to and progress through the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations and other Specific Environmental Management Acts (such as the Water Act) without hindrance. This Branch also contributes to environmental sustainability and planning through development and integration of tools such as Environmental Management Frameworks into the City’s <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/planning-portal/regulations-and-legislations/cape-town-spatial-development-framework">Spatial Development Framework</a>.</p><p> <strong>Environmental and Heritage Branch</strong><br>We are responsible for environmental and heritage monitoring, procedures and projects. This includes enforcing compliance with environmental, heritage and outdoor advertising legislation and policies. We work with communities to maintain and enhance our shared environmental and cultural heritage through a range of projects and programmes.</p><p> <strong>Environmental Planning and Sustainability Branch</strong><br>We coordinate and facilitate the implementation of clear and up-to-date <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Environmental%20Strategy.pdf" target="_blank"> environmental strategy</a> and policy, and work to embed sustainability principles in all sectors throughout the city. Our work includes coordinating and implementing the City’s <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Environmental%20Strategy.pdf" target="_blank">Environmental Strategy</a> and <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Climate%20Change%20Policy.pdf" target="_blank"> Climate Change Policy</a> (including the planning and coordination of climate adaptation), green infrastructure planning and implementation, environmental monitoring and reporting and co-ordination of the City’s strategic environmental partnerships. </p><p>We coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the City’s <a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Environmental%20Strategy.pdf" target="_blank">Environmental Strategy</a>, working with a range of other departments and external partners to manage and protect the environment and ensure Cape Town’s long-term environmental sustainability.</p> <span> <ul class="lrg-icon-content"><li class="lrg-icon lrg-link"><div class="list-links">​<a title="title" href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Climate%20Change%20Policy.pdf" target="_blank">Read our Climate Change Policy</a><a title="title" href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Environmental%20Strategy.pdf" target="_blank">Read our Environmental Strategy</a> <a title="title" href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Local%20and%20communities/Nature-and-the-community/Conserving-our-natural-heritage/Our-conservation-strategies-and-plans">See our conservation strategies and plans</a><a title="title" href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/Cape-towns-history-and-heritage/Heritage-resources/Heritage-information-and-resources">See our heritage information and res​ources</a><a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/Nature-and-outdoors/Our-precious-biodiversity">Explore our precious biodiversity</a></div></li></ul></span><blockquote cite="http://wwww.cite.co.za"><p> <em>​​​"We are serious about following a holistic approach to sustainability and about managing our environment in a way that enhances economic opportunities and social wellbeing. It is, however, not only the responsibility of the City and its partners to protect and conserve this wonderful place we call home – every single one of us has a role to play." <b>Osman Asmal </b><cite>Executive Director: Environmental Management </cite></em></p> <em> </em></blockquote><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Environemental-Resource-Management-Header.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="contact"><h4>Environmental Management head office</h4><address><ul><li>Telephone: <br><a>021 487 2284 / 2350</a></li><li>Email: <br><a href="mailto:enviro@capetown.gov.za">enviro@capetown.gov.za</a></li></ul></address> ​​ <h4>Biodiversity Manage​ment Branch head office</h4><address><ul><li>Telephone: <br><a>021 444 1761</a></li></ul></address></div>

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