Icons and criteria

The Cape Town Green Map uses the globally designed, universal set of symbols developed by Green Map System that has been adopted in 350 published green maps around the world to connect millions with green living, nature, social and cultural resources close to home and while travelling.

Open Green Map

The Green Map System has been around since 1995 and has evolved into a movement that has spread to over 500 cities, towns and villages in 54 countries. Late in 2008 the Green Map System introduced Open Green Map. Based on open source and familiar mapping technology like Google Map, Open Green Map has taken mapmaking into an interactive space that provides a collaborative resource centre for map makers around the world.

It means that Cape Town Green Map is a direct, democratic communication of local knowledge and action.

The icons

The award-winning icons, which are also apparently the world's only universal symbol set for maps, make each Green Map easy to explore, regardless of the language and culture of the viewer. They're also continually updated. We're now using version 3, which took five years to update with the help of hundreds of Green Mapmakers and the public, completed in early 2008.

Icons © Green Map System, Inc. 2008. All rights reserved. Green Map® is a registered trademark and used with permission.

The Green Map icons are divided into three major genres: