The following brochures, booklets, posters and pamphlets are available for download (most recent first):
|Resource Efficiency Criteria for Development in Cape Town More...|
|Safe and legal installations of rooftop photovoltaic systems in Cape Town More...|
|Cape Town Energy2040 brochure More...|
|Cape Town: 2014 Global Earth Hour Capital brochure More...|
|Cape Town Green Map More...|
|City nature reserve hiking trails, walks and pathways More...|
|Biodiversity Showcase Garden Environmental Education Centre flyer More...|
|City nature reserves pamphlet More...|
|'Enviroworks' newsletter - A biannual newsletter providing an overview of environmental topics and functions at the City of Cape Town More... |
|City of Cape Town Smart Building Handbook - A guide to green building in Cape Town More... |
|City of Cape Town Blue Flag Programme - 2014/15 season More... |
|Moving Mountains: Cape Town’s Action Plan for Energy and Climate Change More... |
|Energy and Climate Change brochure - taking action today More... |
|Smart living poster More... |
|Cape Town's unique biodiversity (2-poster set) More... |
|Revised signage of the Shark Spotting Programme on selected Cape Town beaches More... |
|Smart Events Handbook - greening guidelines for hosting sustainable events in Cape Town More... |
|Useful environmental telephone numbers for complaints, help and advice in Cape Town More... |
|Baboon awareness resources More... |
|City of Cape Town Nature Reserves - a network of amazing biodiversity (book) More... |
|Cape Town Nature Reserves poster More... |
|Fact sheets on Cape Town's unique biodiversity More... |
|Harmony Flats Nature Reserve poster series More... |
|City of Cape Town Beaches - a diversity of coastal treasures (book) More... |
|City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Directory 2008/2009 More... |
|Heritage Advice Pamphlet (HAP) series More... |
|Heritage walks and heritage interpretation More... |
|Blaauwberg Conservation Area brochure More... |
|Blaauwberg Conservation Area – floral treasures brochure More... |
|SMART Living Handbook - Making sustainable development a reality in Cape Town homes More... |
|Sustainability Report 2006 Summary leaflet More... |
|Air Quality in Cape Town booklet - ENGLISH More... |
|Air Quality in Cape Town booklet - AFRIKAANS More... |
|Air Quality in Cape Town booklet - XHOSA More... |
|Local Agenda 21 brochure More... |
|False Bay Ecology Park brochure More... |
|False Bay Ecology Park – environmental education brochure More... |
|False Bay Ecology Park poster More... |
|Cape Flats Nature brochure – Networking people and nature in the City More... |
|Cape Flats Nature booklet – Inspiration, issues and challenges More... |
|Wolfgat Nature Reserve brochure More... |
|White shark fact sheets More... |
Resource Efficiency Criteria for Development in Cape Town (Jun. 2016)
High resolution [PDF 16 MB] Low resolution [PDF 1.7 MB] Brochure [PDF 930 KB]
A reference guide to policies, legal directives and guidelines that form part of the City of Cape Town's overall sustainability framework related to the built environment, presented conveniently in one document. Collectively, these are criteria for development in a broad sense. While some criteria are voluntary and others mandatory, they are all considered important by the City as criteria for development. The aim is to facilitate more resource-efficient development amongst land owners and developers and their teams (e.g. architects/ draughtspersons/ planners) who want to put forward proposals for new developments, and for those who want to improve the efficiency of their existing buildings, landscapes and infrastructure (retrofit).
Safe and legal installations of rooftop photovoltaic systems in Cape Town (Mar. 2016)
[PDF 1.5 MB]
A guideline brochure for commercial and residential customers in Cape Town on the safe and legal installation of a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. These guidelines will help you to:
make informed decisions about what type of PV system you are allowed to install
select a service provider capable of designing, supplying, installing and commissioning your
PV system safely and legally
ensure you have addressed all the key requirements before, during and after installation
Cape Town Energy2040 brochure (Nov. 2015) [PDF 1.7 MB]
Energy2040 covers a range of measures over the next 5 years towards achieving the goal of a low carbon, resilient and resource-efficient city. The City has made institutional and strategy changes to address vulnerability to threats such as poor energy security and climate change impacts, and to reduce its high carbon footprint.
Cape Town: 2014 Global Earth Hour Capital brochure (May 2015) [PDF 3.2 MB]
The Earth Hour City Challenge is an initiative designed by WWF to mobilise action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly future. Being selected as the 2014 Global Earth Hour Capital from among 163 entrants is truly an exceptional accolade that recognised Cape Town’s innovative work on energy and climate change and its dedication to pursuing the goal of a sustainable urban environment and towards building a resource-efficient and resilient future for our city.
This map showcases the Nedbank Green Wine Route, a collaboration between Nedbank and Cape Town Green Map. It is the first map to show you how to discover 35 environmentally-concerned wine estates that are WWF Conservation Champions. Previous editions of the printed map showcase a selection of the many 'green' sites in Cape Town for residents and visitors. The printed map is available free of charge at at all Cape Town Tourism visitor information centres
. You can also visit Cape Town Green Map online at www.capetowngreenmap.co.za
or click here
for more information.
Previous editions of the map can be downloaded below:
2nd edition map
, May 2010 (or easy-print A4 version
1st edition map
, Nov. 2009 (or easy-print A4 version
City nature reserve hiking trails, walks and pathways guide for 2016 [PDF 190 KB]
A guide to all walking and hiking trails at most of the City's nature reserves, which can be accessed by the public.
Biodiversity Showcase Garden Environmental Education Centre flyer (Aug. 2015) [PDF 2.1 MB]
This fully renovated centre near Mouille Point is used for running environmental education programmes, especially linked to the Biodiversity Showcase Garden in the Green Point Park. The venue is also hired out for events such as training, education programmes, workshops, birthday parties, year-end functions, team-building days and weddings. Download a reservation application form here (Jul 2016 - Jun 2017 tariffs).
City nature reserves pamphlet (Jun. 2015) [PDF 625 KB]
A summarised listing of all 16 proclaimed nature reserves managed by the City of Cape Town, providing contact and address details, with a location map.
City of Cape Town Smart Building Handbook - A guide to green building in Cape Town (Jun. 2012) [PDF 1.6 MB]
This handbook provides practical information on energy-efficient technologies, design criteria and appropriate materials and solutions that will result in addressing ‘whole green building design’. It has been developed for both professionals and homeowners to promote resource-efficient building practices, which will reduce the impact that buildings have on the environment as well as the operating costs of running them.
An informative e-booklet on the eight prestigious Blue Flag beaches and three marinas within the Cape metro area for the 2014/2015 season. When deciding where to go, residents and tourists can choose Blue Flag beaches and marinas, secure in the knowledge that high standards of management are guaranteed during Blue Flag season over the summer months (1 December - 31 March). The beaches that have been awarded full Blue Flag status this year are: Bikini Beach
, Camps Bay
, Clifton 4th
. A ninth pilot beach, currently undergoing assessment, is Melkbosstrand.
Moving Mountains: Cape Town’s Action Plan for Energy and Climate Change (Nov. 2011) [PDF 4.1 MB]
A booklet stating the case of the City's action plan to tackle future energy use and a changing climate.
Energy and Climate Change brochure - taking action today (Jun. 2011) [PDF 1.6 MB]
Smart living poster
A brochure summarising the City of Cape Town's Energy and Climate Action Plan and vision for Cape Town. The plan comprises 50 programme areas and more than 120 projects designed to help realise the vision of a resource-efficient, lower carbon city, and a city more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The Energy and Climate Change Action Plan and its associated strategy will address the city's current challenges of poor energy security, high energy consumption, high carbon footprint, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
[PDF 2.1 MB]
A colourful cartoon poster created by Chip Snaddon that encourages forward thinking about Cape Town's future as a sustainable city. It encapsulates the many ideals of 'green living' in a city, however the cartoon does not necessarily depict the City of Cape Town’s plans.
Cape Town's unique biodiversity (2-poster set)
Two interesting and educational posters on the city of Cape Town's variety of unique plant and animal species within an urban area. Of the 21 national vegetation types in South Africa that have been assigned the highest conservation status of Critically Endangered, ten occur within the city. Of these, three occur nowhere else but within the City's boundary. Needless to say, mainly due to urban development, we have an international biodiversity crisis in our back yard.
Cape Town's Unique Biodiversity: Vegetation poster [PDF 779 KB]
Cape Town's Unique Biodiversity: Species poster [PDF 1.1 MB]
Revised signage of the Shark Spotting Programme on selected Cape Town beaches
Please familiarise yourself with these signs before and during your visit to a beach with shark spotters. Spotters are on the following beaches year round: Muizenberg, St James/Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek. Between September and April they operate on the following beaches; only on weekends, public holidays and school holidays: Clovelly and Glencairn.
Flag warning system [PDF 454 KB]
Be shark smart - information and safety tips [PDF 325 KB]
Shark warning - high risk area, swim at own risk [PDF 239 KB]
For more information on the Shark Spotting Programme, click here.
Smart Events Handbook - Greening guidelines for hosting sustainable events in Cape Town (Jun. 2010) [PDF 4.6 MB]
To encourage event greening, the Smart Events Handbook can help you to host your events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. It can be used for a range of events, such as meetings, conferences and exhibitions, and applies equally to large sports events and to small local community initiatives.
Useful environmental telephone numbers for complaints, help and advice in Cape Town (Sep. 2014) [PDF 102 KB]
A list of quick reference telephone numbers covering a range of City services and to report problems in the Cape metro municipal area.
Baboon awareness resources
Cape Town serves as a habitat to wild animals, such as baboons, and humans alike. Living in close proximity to baboons and tourists getting too close to them, presents a problem for both humans and baboons. The following resources seek to discourage human-baboon interaction:
A3 poster [PDF 1.1 MB]
Fold-out leaflet - Understanding Baboons [PDF 2.3 MB]
Flyer - English [PDF 616 KB]
Flyer - German [PDF 560 KB]
Also find more information here.
City of Cape Town Nature Reserves - A network of amazing biodiversity (Feb. 2010) [PDF 3.8 MB]
The second edition of this useful A5-sized book now covers the City’s more than 20 nature reserves and natural areas. A comprehensive and colourful resource which showcases the many nature reserves and natural areas managed by the City of Cape Town, providing a description of the sites, their location and how to get there, activities and facilities associated with each site and some stunning photographs. Relevant biodiversity management information is also included in the book. The book is also available in hard copy for R32* at the following nature reserves only: Helderberg, Blaauwberg (Eerste Steen Resort), Table Bay (Rietvlei Section), False Bay (Rondevlei Section) and Tygerberg Nature Reserve. It is also available at the Botanical Society bookshop in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (a surcharge may apply). *Price subject to change every July
Cape Town Nature Reserves poster (Aug. 2007) [PDF 6 MB]
An informative and illustrative poster of the City's nature reserves, depicting typical ecosystems that display a wealth of flora and fauna set within the ever-expanding urban fabric of the city.
Fact sheets on Cape Town's unique biodiversity (Mar. 2011)
A series of nine colourful, educational pamphlets on Cape Town's unique ecosystems and species. The fact sheets present the biophysical environment, threats, conservation status, benefits and actions you can take to help conserve our unique biodiversity in Cape Town.
Fact sheet 1 - Peninsula Shale Renosterveld [PDF 368 KB]
Fact sheet 2 - Peninsula Granite Fynbos [PDF 353 KB]
Fact sheet 3 - Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos [PDF 319 KB]
Fact sheet 4 - Lourensford Alluvium Fynbos [PDF 364 KB]
Fact sheet 5 - Cape Flats Dune Strandveld [PDF 643 KB]
Fact sheet 6 - Cape Flats Sand Fynbos [PDF 357 KB]
Fact sheet 7 - Endemic species [PDF 328 KB]
Fact sheet 8 - Threatened species [PDF 228 KB]
Fact sheet 9 - How you can help [PDF 137 KB]
The fact sheets require the use of some technical terms that are explained in the glossary below, along with an extensive list of Latin names for the species of plants and animals.
Glossary [PDF 150 KB]
Important taxa of the six endemic vegetation types [PDF 130 KB]
List of endemic species [PDF 134 KB]
List of threatened species [PDF 139 KB]
Harmony Flats Nature Reserve poster series (6-in-1), Oct. 2009 [PDF 2.3 MB]
Six posters filled with useful information and vibrant images on the Harmony Flats Nature Reserve, one of the City of Cape Town's 24 nature reserves and natural areas. It is situated on the Cape Flats between Strand and Gordon's Bay. The reserve is a special area rich in flora and fauna species, which need careful conservation within an urban environment.
Poster 1 - Harmony Flats Nature Reserve [PDF 565 KB]
Poster 2 - Birds of Harmony Flats [PDF 442 KB]
Poster 3 - Creatures of Harmony Flats [PDF 269 KB]
Poster 4 - The Harmony Flats garden [PDF 405 KB]
Poster 5 - Harmony Flats: Everyone’s treasure, everyone’s responsibility [PDF 351 KB]
Poster 6 - The people of Harmony Flats Nature Reserve [PDF 315 KB]
City of Cape Town Beaches - a diversity of coastal treasures (2009) [PDF 5 MB]
A handy A5-sized 130-page book on Cape Town’s beaches, providing a description and the history of every beach, the beach location, activities associated with each beach, and an abundance of photographs. It is also packed with other information, including flora and fauna associated with the coast; some of the challenges the coastline faces; various programmes such as the shark-spotting programme; the harvesting of marine resources and background on the early days on the Cape coast.
A hard copy of the book is available at all Cape Town Tourism visitor information centres:
Blaauwberg 1 Marine Drive, Table View; Canal Walk Entrance 2, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City; Cape Town Cnr Castle & Burg Streets; Cape Town International Airport central terminal building; Cape Town International Convention Centre Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street; Gugulethu Sivuyile Campus, Cnr NY1 & NY4; Hout Bay 4 Andrews Road; Khayelitsha Look Out Hill, Cnr Mew Way & Spine Road; Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Rhodes Drive, Newlands; Langa Guga s'Thebe Cultural Centre, Cnr Washington & Church Streets; Muizenberg The Pavilion, Beach Road; Simon's Town 111 St. George's Street; Somerset West 186 Main Road; Table Mountain Lower Cableway Station, Tafelberg Road; V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge Carl Cronje Road, Tygervalley.
City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Directory 2008/2009 (discontinued) [PDF 629 KB]
A comprehensive reference tool identifying a number of NGO, CBO and NPO environmental organisations in the city as possible; in order to assist the organisations and individuals to initiate environmental action. The directory also helps to facilitate networking within the environmental sphere of Cape Town. The 2008/9 edition was the last one produced.
Heritage Advice Pamphlet (HAP) series
Produced by the Environmental and Heritage Resources Management branch, this series of 16 advice pamphlets provides heritage information and guidelines on Cape Town's heritage areas and historic buildings.
Heritage walks and heritage interpretation
As part of the Heritage Advice Pamphlet series, this covers heritage walks such as the Company's Garden Self-guided Walk and the heritage of Langa and Philippi.
Blaauwberg Conservation Area brochure (May 2008) [PDF 958 KB]
A unique protected area of natural, cultural and historical significance situated 25km from central Cape Town.
Blaauwberg Conservation Area – floral treasures brochure (May 2008) [PDF 1.9 MB]
This protected area represents one of the most intact and diverse lowland vegetation habitats in Cape Town and contains three very threatened vegetation types: Strandveld, West Coast Renosterveld and Sand Plain Fynbos.
Smart Living Handbook - making sustainable development a reality in Cape Town homes
A practical sustainability guide for people and households in Cape Town to make their homes safer and to save money, while working to reduce their impact on our precious environment. The book also provides information on key environmental resource issues facing us globally, and within our city.
Sustainability Report 2006 Summary leaflet [PDF 1.06 MB]
A summary of the 2006 Sustainability Report, which describes pressures on the city’s environment, the current state of the environment and the City’s progress towards its goal of sustainability.
Air Quality in Cape Town - What we can do to clear the air (ENGLISH), Jun. 2007 [PDF 956 KB]
A booklet designed to help readers understand how they can help to keep pollution out of the air we breathe. It is both a source of information around the challenges presented by air pollution, and a practical guide on how we can tackle them together.
Luggehalte in Kaapstad - Wat ons kan doen om die lug skoon te hou (AFRIKAANS), Jun. 2007 [PDF 961 KB]
An Afrikaans version of the "Air Quality in Cape Town - What we can do to clear the air" booklet. The booklet is designed to help readers understand how they can help to keep pollution out of the air we breathe. It is both a source of information around the challenges presented by air pollution, and a practical guide on how we can tackle them together.
Umgangatho Womoya eKapa - Esinokukwenza ukucoca umoya (XHOSA), Jun. 2007 [PDF 962 KB]
A Xhosa version of the "Air Quality in Cape Town - What we can do to clear the air" booklet. The booklet is designed to help readers understand how they can help to keep pollution out of the air we breathe. It is both a source of information around the challenges presented by air pollution, and a practical guide on how we can tackle them together.
Local Agenda 21 brochure [PDF 252 KB]
The definition, process and principles of Local Agenda 21 and its promotion of sustainable development. Please note that the contact details of the City of Cape Town’s Local Agenda 21 Office are no longer valid. Please phone the ERM department at +27 (0)21 487 2284 for details of the Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening unit.
False Bay Ecology Park brochure [PDF 533 KB]
An important multi-purpose open space in the city, providing many environmental, social and economic benefits for the citizens of Cape Town, particularly to those in the surrounding disadvantaged areas.
False Bay Ecology Park – environmental education brochure [PDF 242 KB]
Information on guided environmental education facilities and programmes offered at the False Bay Ecology Park, Rondevlei Nature Reserve and Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve Environmental Education Centres.
False Bay Ecology Park poster: Front view [JPG 2.9 MB] Rear view [JPG 2.6 MB]
An informative and illustrative poster of the False Bay Ecology Park.
Cape Flats Nature brochure – Networking people and nature in the city [PDF 1.4 MB]
A partnership project to build good practice in sustainable management of nature sites in the City of Cape Town’s biodiversity network; in a people-centred way that develops local leadership for conservation action and benefits the surrounding communities.
Cape Flats Nature booklet – Inspiration, issues and challenges [PDF 3.7 MB]
A partnership project of the City of Cape Town, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Table Mountain Fund (WWF-SA) and the Botanical Society of South Africa. This booklet explores the conservation project and it’s involvement with the urban community in more depth.
Wolfgat Nature Reserve brochure [PDF 2.8 MB]
Everyone is invited to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Wolfgat Nature Reserve on the False Bay coast. Wolfgat is located in the communities of Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha, between the Mnandi and Monwabisi recreation resorts. The reserve is 248 hectares, as big as 248 rugby fields. So even in the hustle and bustle of our city, you will find plenty of space for outdoor recreation and nature-based education.
White shark fact sheets
Shark awareness information to reduce the interaction of recreational water users and sharks. Cape Town has, over the last few years, experienced an increase in the number of great white sharks occurring in the in-shore zone.
Fact sheet 1 - White Shark facts [PDF 34 KB]
Fact sheet 2 - Mitigation measures to reduce the risk of shark encounters [PDF 39 KB]
Fact sheet 3 - Shark-based tourism and encounters [PDF 37 KB]
Fact sheet 4 - Tips on shark safety [PDF 45 KB]
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