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The City of Cape Town's Role in Creating a Better Life for All - ICLEI

Liveable Cities: the benefits of urban environmental

planning – lessons from Cape Town

Local Government Climate Sessions

12 th December 2007

Osman Asmal:

Environmental Resource Management Department


Integrated Metropolitan Environmental

Policy (IMEP)

Formally adopted in October 2001

First ever overarching environmental policy for Cape Town

Implementation of IMEP through a number of environmental

strategies (6 completed)

IMEP currently under review

This review process has informed the current draft IDP and business

plans

Changes have already been made.

City’s Executive Management Team has already reconfirmed that

IMEP will address all line functions.


Results: 2006/7 IMEP Review

250

200

150

100

50

0

20

June

2005

120

June

2006

218

June

2007

?

Environmental

staff members


IMEP

Implementation

through the IDP

Ukuvuka:

Operation

Firestop

Coastal Zone

Strategy

Implementation

through the IDP

Water

Resources

Soils

Fauna and

Flora

Emission Targets

Cultural

Heritage

Air

Environmental

Impact

Assessment

Environmental

Education

Environmental

Risk

Assessment

Urbanisation

and Housing

Biodiversity

Strategy

Detailed Sectoral Strategies

Sectoral Approaches

Tools

State of

Environment

Reporting

IMEP

Local

Agenda 21

General

environmental

policy principles

Significance

Mapping

Cost

Benefit

Analysis

Best Practice

Environmental

Option

Transportation

Infrastructure

Environmental

Governance

Integrated

Environmental

Management

Environmental

Management

Systems

Energy

Quality Urban

Spaces

Noise Pollution

Safety and

Security

Environmental

Education

Environmental

Health

Economy

Waste

Implementation

through the IDP

Medical Waste

Strategy

Renewable

Energy

Implementation

through the IDP

IMEP forms the

framework for a series

of strategies and

programmes aimed to

ensure that the

principles of

environmental

sustainability are

adhered to.

The priniples are tieds

into the city’s IDP


Integration within the organisation

Core Functions structured around 2 focus areas facilitated and

catalysed from within the Environmental Resource Management

Department:

Ensuring compliance with wide range of legislation, mandates and

delegations

Driving strategic and integrated environmental interventions and

programmes on City wide scale


Core Business, Purpose and Mandate Contd.

Ensuring City compliance with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA)

as well as with a suite of other national and international policies and laws.

Working in partnership with numerous partners in striving to ensure that sustainable

and equitable development is combined with sound environmental practice for a

healthy local environment, which sustains people and nature, provides protection for

our unique resources and results in an enhanced quality of life for all.

Building awareness and understanding through special educational and

communication programmes and projects.

Working in tandem with City Directorates and Departments to service backlogs,

implement innovative and leading programmes and projects.


What is “environment” in the CCT?

Natural environment Built environment

Socio-cultural environment

The way these three elements fit and work together creates

the environment in which we live.


Work in partnership


Statutory Service Provision

State of the Environment and Sustainability Reporting

Environmental pressures, state and responses

Indicators of sustainability

Informing strategy development

Facilitating policy review

Environmental Information System

GIS maps of environmentally significant areas, including:

Biodiversity, Coastal zone, Heritage, Significance Mapping,

Environmental Control


Statutory Service Provision

Direct Local Government Mandates

Variety of development application

NEMA & NEMA Regs

National Heritage Resources Act

Environmental Conservation Act Notices

Land Use Planning Ordanance Section 36

Zoning Schemes

Urban and Biodiversity Conservation Areas Service

Level and Heads of Agreement/s

Outdoor Advertising & Signage By-law

Other legislation

Procurement Policies


Statutory Service Provision

Environmental Management

City’s and private sector’s compliance with the EIA Regs

Public Counter service, advice for development applications

IEM procedures

Management plans

Environmental Site Monitoring

Enforcement

Court proceedings


Statutory Service Provision

Environmental Monitoring Contd.

Outdoor Advertising Control

Assessment of billboards

Signage and poster control

Environmental Control Inspectors

Pollution prevention and control

Protected trees

Income generation signs for City benefit

Notices served, evidence and prosecutions


Organisational changes

Institutional restructuring seen establishment of dedicated to Resource Management

Local Legislation (By-Laws)

Draft Green

Buildings

Draft Solar Water

Heater

Municipal Buildings

Energy Efficiency

Retrofit Programme

Parow and Bellville

CT Civic Centre –

R1 Million savings

per annum

25%

saving

realised


Conclusion: Integrated Planning

1. Combination of different factors

2. High level integration (IDP, IMEP)

3. Strong political and administrative direction and support

4. Securing mandates and who does what

5. Policies and plans

6. Capacitated departments

7. Funding strategies

8. Catalytic partnerships

9. Enforcement and monitoring

10. Reviews


Thank You

Let us work together

for a better city and

planet

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