The Johannesburg Parks Alliance
In its activities to upgrade the park and to create an urban green space that is valued by the community and which contributes to health of the environment, the JEGPF has been in contact with a wide range of residents’ associations, local parks, international parks such as Central Park in New York, urban green space development organisations, initiatives such as Jozi Trails, the City of Joburg, Gauteng Provincial Government, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, the private sector, international organisations and other stakeholders.
These engagements have allowed the Foundation to benefit from lessons learned by other green space initiatives. It has also facilitated access to specialist expertise and skills which are not always locally available. Following on this the JEGPF has been able to advocate for the establishment of the Johannesburg Parks Alliance: Together We Can in partnership with JCPZ.
The JPA would not interfere with the existing mandates or activities of member organisations or to focus on the individual matters with which each member organisation is engaged, thereby ensuring the autonomy of existing initiatives is maintained. The purpose of the alliance is to offer a forum for addressing issues of common interest, learning lessons, and building capacity in modern urban park management and conservation, whilst lobbying with one voice for positions, resources and policies where there is unanimity between member organisations. Critical to the objectives of the Alliance will be the capacitation and involvement of youth, especially girls and young women. Simultaneously, the alliance will seek to embed and advocate pragmatic tried and tested programmes that enhance the safety of girls and women in open public recreational spaces, considering the high level of gender-based violence in Johannesburg, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19.