As one of the most important catchments within the City of Cape Town from a biodiversity perspective, local authority, the national park and civil society organisations have done a significant amount of work to develop a cohesive management strategy, improve riverine environments, rehabilitate and maintain the Zandvlei catchment. This catchment has an active forum with strong working partnerships.
As a result, the concept of a Source to Sea project was envisioned, whereby these stakeholders (and projects) are integrated and connected in a sustainable way.
The Source to Sea initiative has several origins. The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) has contributed substantially to the concept of a south peninsula Source to Sea river corridor, while ICLEI – Africa has secured funding for the City’s involvement in the Urban Natural Assets for Africa (UNA Africa) four cities programme, of which the Source to Sea project is the primary component. Local authority has also been involved in various initiatives from the Coast to Coast Greenway in the 1980s to the coordination of the catchment forum and the City of Cape Town – Table Mountain National Park Source to Sea corridor project from 2006. The City of Cape Town’s Stormwater and Sustainability Branch coordinates catchment management in the City and is responsible for the Zandvlei catchment. Civil society impetus and ongoing work of historical catchment management forums have ensured that a huge amount of rehabilitation and river management work has taken place within catchments.