The 307 km of coastline within the City of Cape Town is one of its greatest economic and social assets and a Coastal Zone Management Strategy [PDF 1.27 MB] has been developed to ensure sustainable management of the coast.
The Environmental Resource Management Department plays a significant role in various marine and coastal projects and programmes:
1) The Integrated Coastal Management Policy and Programme provide a clear management framework for the coastline, and define the various roles, responsibilities and management approaches as a means to enhance the socio-economic and environmental value of the City’s coastal zone.
2) The Blue Flag programme aims at awarding 'Blue Flag' status to beaches and marinas that meet a range of stringent social, educational and environmental standards.
3) The Fixed Point Photography of Beaches Project aims to investigate spatial and temporal change over time on certain problem area beaches within the City.
4) Sustainable Coastal Management Plans aim to provide co-ordinated management for a number of sensitive coastal areas in Cape Town. In order to effectively and efficiently manage the coastal zone in a sustainable manner a number of sustainable coastal management plans (SCMPs) were developed.
5) The Shark Spotting Programme aims to reduce the interaction of recreational water users and sharks. It is a sound mitigation measure to reduce the number of shark attacks at popular Cape Town beaches.
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