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e-Kapa: Cape Town’s lowlands – a global treasure is the first example of electronic environmental education Learning and Teaching Resource Materials (LTRMs) produced for schools by the City of Cape Town, in collaboration with the Botanical Society of South Africa and the Khanya Project of the Western Cape Education Department. It aims to put up-to-date information about the natural environment of Cape Town into the hands of educators and learners, and to promote learning and action for sustainable living.

In 2001, the Botanical Society of South Africa and the City of Cape Town published Cape Flats Floral Treasures: A teacher’s guide to active learning in Cape Town schools. The original guide introduced teachers to the diverse but threatened ecosystems of the Cape Flats and published a number of learning activities developed by educators from local schools and environmental education centres. The original guide is now out of print but lowland environments in the City continue to provide numerous opportunities for learning. In 2006, in response to requests from educators, the Botanical Society and City of Cape Town decided to revise and republish this guide.

We are grateful to Ms Fadiah Abbas, a Grade 7 teacher at Levana Primary School, who suggested that the revised guide be published electronically rather than in book form. This resulted in our making contact with the Western Cape Education Department’s Khanya Project. They have guided and encouraged us through the process of developing what we hope will be the first in the e-Kapa series: an electronic LTSM supporting environmental education in the City of Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town is committed to making this information available in all three official languages of the Western Cape. Once the English version has been piloted in schools, it will be translated and made available in both Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

A note on copyright and referencing

The materials in this resource are subject to copyright by the Environmental Resource Management Department of the City of Cape Town and the Botanical Society of South Africa. Recognised educational institutions and organisations are free to use and reproduce this resource for educational purposes, provided that the City of Cape Town and the Botanical Society of South Africa are duly acknowledged.

Prior permission must be obtained in writing from the City of Cape Town and the Botanical Society of South Africa for any non-educational use of this material.

All images contained in this resource remain the property of and are subject to copyright by the various individuals and organisations that supplied them. Images may not be reproduced or distributed without the prior permission of the City of Cape Town, The Botanical Society of South Africa and the individual or organisation to whom they belong.

Recommended reference for quoting this resource:

E-Kapa: Cape Lowlands – a global treasure. 2007. City of Cape Town and Botanical Society of South Africa, Cape Town.


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