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Glossary


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National park

 

Land kept for protecting plants, animals and scenery, and for human enjoyment. In the City of Cape Town, the Table Mountain National Park includes Table Mountain and other mountains and wetlands ending at Cape Point.

 
Natural environment

 

Our physical surroundings, including plants and animals, when they are unspoiled by human activities. Themes that form part of the natural environment are: air quality, inland waters, coastal waters and biodiversity.

 
Natural heritage site

 

A site of outstanding universal value from the aesthetic, scientific or conservation point of view which encompass natural features consisting of physical and biological formations or groups of such formations. This also includes precisely delineated areas which provide a habitat for threatened species of animals or plants.

 
Natural resource

 

Any resource provided by the biophysical environment.

 
Noise pollution

 

Noises that disturb the environment and people’s ability to enjoy it, for example continually sounding house alarms, loud music, air conditioning or other electrical units and aircraft or motor engines.

 
Non-renewable Resources

 

Raw materials available for a limited time, which can run out. Examples include coal and oil.