The Cape Town Green Map uses the globally designed, universal set of symbols developed by Green Map System that has been adopted in about 1,000 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 990 cities, towns and villages in 65 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 one of the very first universal symbol sets for maps, make each Green Map easy to explore, regardless of the language and culture of the viewer. They're designed to be 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. Now open source, as described at

gms logo    Green Map System Icons, CC BY-NC-SA +CC



Places to engage with the natural environment in a sustainable way. Cape Town is one of a handful of sites around the world that includes a National Park within its city limits. Aside from our iconic mountain, there are also the City’s 24 nature reserves and a fantastic coastline to explore.

Equity, place and inclusion all play a role in sustainability. The name of this genre was expanded to embrace this social component.

Special places that highlight cultural character are not in short supply in Cape Town. Some of these have special significance for a Green Map. Some museums and schools run eco-friendly programmes and there are environmental centres and artisan studios worth visiting for inspiration.

Cape Town is humming with a growing sustainable living sector. The demand for organic and local food, eco products, recycling opportunities, alternative energy and fair trade has resulted in emerging green businesses, shops, co-ops, farmers' markets, restaurants, accommodation and other socially responsible green alternatives.