The following underlying objectives inform Johannesburg City Parks’ greening initiatives within the context of natural resource management:
- To ensure sound management of biodiversity, cultural and natural processes and systems.
- To promote open-space based environmental education and awareness.
- To co-ordinate and determine the development of the eco-tourism products and programmes (choice and diversity).
- To maximise the potential and accessibility of the natural assets for educational, outdoor and recreational use by residents and visitors.
- To develop strategies/policies for Johannesburg City Parks in compliance with environmental legislation.
- To enhance and maximise the role of open space functioning; i.e. exploit the potential of OPS in improving water quality, recharging the ground-water regime, open space networks, storm-water run off and increasing biological diversity.
- To improve the general quality of the urban green environment.
What we doThe following core elements have been identified as core line functions or programmes and sub-programmes for efficient and effective service delivery of City Parks products and services:
- Conservation planning and development;
- Aquatic services; and
- Technical resources management.
- Botanic conservation and research;
- Information, promotion and education;
- Recreation and eco-tourism; and
- Horticulture, maintenance and nurseries.
- Environmental capacity building and training;
- Environmental awareness; and
- Biodiversity, conservation and open space education.