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Joburg City Parks and Zoo's innovative greening initiatives are on the agenda at the C40 Climate Summit. The projects are part of the Joburg 2040 strategy, which addresses the risks climate change poses to the city.

THE City of Johannesburg is hosting the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit, at the Sandton Convention Centre, where some 700 urban and climate change leaders are discussing and presenting strategies on building resilient and liveable cities.

The programme for the Summit includes a visit to Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo’s (JCPZ) Petros Molefe Eco Park in Soweto to see the Green Outdoor Gym and plant a ceremonial tree.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo greening projects
In line with the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy, JCPZ has instituted a number of projects to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

The City has planted some 200 000 trees since 2006 in townships like Soweto in southern Johannesburg. The project, Johannesburg's biggest green revolution, has helped improve air quality in the city, already one of the most forested cities in the world, with more than a million trees.

Southern catchment areas have also been rehabilitated and green services and assessments have been provided. City Parks also grows its own trees and supplies surplus stock to communities for greening projects and to plant in their gardens. The nursery produces up to 100 000 tree seedlings a year, which, after five years, will be large enough to plant on pavements and in parks. Johannesburg also has more than 2 300 parks and more than 10 000 hectares of tracks and trails.

Businesses have also come on board to help green Johannesburg, committing to work closely with the City to conserve the natural environment at a Business Seminar held in January this year.

At the C40 Summit, JCPZ has a prominent place, providing the environmentally friendly decorations at the convention centre.

Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau has said that "Hosting this C40 summit is a privilege for the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, and the African continent.

"As mayors of big cities, we have a responsibility to provide leadership and to share our experiences, best practice and capacity for innovation with the rest of the globe. We take action on this front because of our shared conviction that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In the end, we are measured not by how much we undertake, but by what we finally accomplish."