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Old February 21st, 2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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#Reclaim Camissa

Website:http://www.reclaimcamissa.org
Company Overview:CAMISSA is a development framework which through the use of water, focuses on the re-instatement of the ecological link that reunites the mountain and the ocean, into a public landscape, as a sustainable solution for Cape Town's CBD.

The framework is comprised of a series of systematic structural maps for the integration of natural and urban layers of the city. This system re-structures the city according to environmental principles and establishes integrated and flexible urban development around the natural resource of water. Thus, enabling us to rise and meet future environmental challenges in a city no longer water secure by 2013.

The vision is one of a genuinely progressive dual water management strategy that offers opportunities for new models to transform the future wellbeing of the city into an equal society for all people; and allows for public integration and education through the recreational use of the system.

Since May 2009, the establishment of a (non-profit trust) Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) RECLAIM CAMISSA, has been in process. The organisation will provide a stewardship for the waters that flow from Table Mountain to the Atlantic Ocean. And a mechanism by which funds will be raised to implement the programme. The programme's main aim is to reclaim Cape Town’s central city connection to the water and to ensure that the public is able to enjoy the right to safe and sufficient water; and that this water remains in good ecological health.
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CAMISSA is a development framework which through the use of water, focuses on the re-instatement of the ecological link that reunites the mountain and the ocean, into a public landscape, as a sustainable solution for Cape Town's CBD.

The framework is comprised of a series of systematic structural maps for the integration of natural and urban layers of the city. This system re-structures the city according to environmental principles and establishes integrated and flexible urban development... (read more)
Mission:By 2020, the people of Cape Town will gather around the common heritage of CAMISSA, the very waters that defined the location of the city, reflecting the public past and embracing a new civic infrastructure - this time inspired by a deliberate recognition and respect for the social; cultural and ecological significance of this water.

RECLAIM CAMISSA will have put in place the infrastructure to connect people to this vital resource, with beautiful parks; pedestrian walkways; and urban public places by celebrating the waters that link mountain to sea, past to future, and people to the environment.

The aim is that a sustainable approach to water use, planning, design and management would be put in place that is based on the intrinsic value of water as a significant public resource that is not separate from the value of land and landscape. Society would have been made mindful of the role of water in the city landscape; and both public and private institutions that manage water and associated public assets would realise that the business as usual approach to water and land management is unsustainable.

OBJECTIVES


To encourage, support, promote, collaborate and raise funds that will reclaim “the place of sweet waters” - thus securing our vital natural resource; our past / heritage and our future / destiny.

To increase access to water as a scarce economic resource and assist in reducing pressure on the Greater Cape Town Municipal Area's water resources.

To implement the development of the framework through institutional and civic collaboration, to advance an effective and sustainable system for the socio-ecological link of Cape Town’s CBD.

To differentiate a new spatial order, by restructuring the city in accordance with environmental principles and re-instating the ecosystem link from the mountain to the sea in order to meet performance criteria for sustainability and bio-diversity.

To advocate for the preservation, restoration, and transformation of the (environmental and historical) heritage of the lost spaces associated with the water system, into a web of public landscapes where people will be enabled to learn about our past, present and our future in an integrated way.

To link natural, cultural and public urban environments with the utility infrastructure associated with the water system and to secure their value as functional, recreational and educational resources through the creation of a cultural landscape where social integration; and upliftment opportunities are integral to the programme.

To address not only waste, pollution and re-use of water and land, but also to provide the clean energy required to irrigate the water and local scale hydro-electric, by re-building the water wheels to power lighting throughout the city's public space.

To provide an essentially vehicular free, continuous open public space and to maximise opportunities for water navigation in order to reduce the carbon footprint.

To enact public awareness by co-ordinating, facilitating and implementing an environmental and cultural education campaign, that will capture the imagination of the public. And to provide interactive (public) environmental and cultural education, through the recreational use of the system.

To re-instate the sense of place that has been lost by vertical development, which has forced water underground into stormwater pipes and sewers and allow this to structure new development, based on issues around place, identity and integrated settlement.

Develop and restore the ‘lost spaces’, enhancing the physical environment with sustainable and economical watering of green spaces and urban planting, so that property values along the edges increase.

To assist in defining neighbourhood boundaries and in providing opportunities for collaboration between civic groups, stakeholders and other interested parties. And to ensure that the design of the project facilitates increased inclusiveness in the city.

To enhance the tourism value of city through the provision of a link from mountain to sea (both World Heritage sites); and through the provision of related public information.

To promote and collaborate the reclamation of not only the vital natural resource, its associated land and utility infrastructure but also the associated cultural landscape; through the implementation of key projects as ‘bite size chunks’ of the program. And to promote these sites as places of interest to both Capetonians and visitors, activating these spaces with installation and performance art that tell the cultural stories associated with the water.

To procure funds for the ongoing expenses in attaining the objectives of the organisation.
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