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Contents: Overview | What we do

The Johannesburg Botanical GardenThe main aim of the Environmental Conservation Development (ECD) is to protect, manage and restore the integrity of the City of Johannesburg’s ecological systems with special concern for biological diversity, cultural landscapes and the natural processes within open spaces.

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 do
The 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 gardens

  • Botanic conservation and research;
  • Information, promotion and education;
  • Recreation and eco-tourism; and
  • Horticulture, maintenance and nurseries.

Environmental education

  • Environmental capacity building and training;
  • Environmental awareness; and
  • Biodiversity, conservation and open space education.

Open spaces

Johannesburg Botanic Gardens