Environmental & Conservation Policy Statement

The Milnerton Racecourse Section

The Milnerton Racecourse Section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve comprises of two non-contiguous natural areas separated and surrounded by the up-market residential development of Royal Ascot. The management of these two areas resides with the City of Cape Town as the landowner. This is accomplished through the Environmental Management Committee which comprises several stakeholders including the Royal Ascot Master Property Owners Association and Gold Circle. As the area contains an unprecedented concentration of endangered plant species as well as good examples of Cape Flats Dune Strandveld and Cape Flats Sand Fynbos vegetation its preservation is of regional importance.

To achieve this, the implementation of the Environmental Management System (EMS) will strive to:

Ensure sound stewardship and conservation of the area through a well-researched and rigorous annual plan of operation (APO).
Monitor the effectiveness of the EMS and “on-the-ground” management through internal checking and an annual review.
Utilise the review process to continually improve the EMS in keeping with improved technology and conservation practice.
Take cognisance of, and comply with, applicable environmental and health and safety legislation, as well as municipal by-laws.
Utilise products, service providers and contractors who have proven environmental best practice records, and who employ safe operation practices that minimize environmental impacts.
Raise awareness amongst surrounding residents with respect to environmental conservation and protection, and individual environmental responsibility through campaigns and this website.
Encourage stakeholder participation in management functions through community representation on the Environmental Management Committee and coordinated liaison with the Royal Ascot Master Property Owners Association.
Promote the reduction and recycling of waste products and re-use of those generated by management activities.
Exercise the cautionary principle when dealing with stressed or endangered ecosystems where impacts are unknown or uncertain.
Create a model for other conservation efforts to utilise.
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