Showcasing local biodiversity outside Cape Town Stadium

Sharon Ang
Published: 26 November 2020
Last edited: 27 November 2020
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Summary

In the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, lies the 12.5 ha Green Point Park. This recreational green space was redesigned as part of the construction of the Cape Town Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup back in 2010. The redesign included the creation of the Biodiversity Showcase Garden. The main goal of this garden was to highlight the unique Cape Flats Sand Fynbos habitat, which historically could be found throughout the Cape Town region. The rich biodiversity found within this type of habitat is endemic to the region but threatened by pressures such as urbanization. Three thematic areas in the garden include people and plants, the discovering biodiversity trail and the wetland walk. Displays hidden in and amongst the plants feature original artworks and interpretive boards with illustrations and photographs for people to explore this learn about the city's remarkable native biodiversity.

Classifications

Region
East and South Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Green spaces (parks, gardens, urban forests)
Urban ecosystem and build environment
Urban wetlands
Theme
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Cities and infrastructure
Species management
Urban planning
Challenges
Loss of Biodiversity
Ecosystem loss
Sustainable development goals
SDG 15 – Life on land
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 2: Biodiversity values integrated

Location

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Impacts

The Biodiversity Showcase garden was developed to show the use of native plants in landscaping and to emphasize the diversity of species native to Cape Town ecosystems. Some 300 native plant species have been planted throughout. While Green Point Park is primarily managed for recreational and social benefits rather than for wildlife, the use of native plants, interactive signage, and artistic representation of local animals fills the important role of educating visitors about the natural ecosystem and connecting them with the local environment.

Contributed by

Amelie Claessens International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Other contributors

Giulia Carbone
IUCN
Eric Ndayishimiye
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Robin Grossinger
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Megan Wheeler
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Erica Spotswood
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Russell Galt
IUCN