Welcome to WESSA
WESSA is a South African environmental organisation with a mission to implement high impact environmental and conservation projects which promote public participation in caring for the Earth.
With a remarkable 86 year history, WESSA has a strong track record of delivering human capacity development projects by working in strategic partnerships, thus enabling people to make more sustainable lifestyle and environmental management choices. Critical focus areas include life-supporting eco-systems such as water, energy and biodiversity.
WESSA at Work
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South Africa is essentially the last bastion for Africa’s rhinos. In the last few years we have seen the extinction of the West African Black Rhino and the East African white rhino hangs on by a thread, but it too is extinct from the wild. WESSA sees the southward migration of the poaching threat that was experienced by rhinos, now seems to be faced by Africa’s elephants.
WESSA is excited to announce its participation in the 2013 Design Indaba through its support for The GreenShack ‐ a pilot project designed by Stephen Lamb in collaboration with Andrew Lord that looks at how simple,low‐tech design can transform temporary spaces into “home” spaces.
WESSA (The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is looking at investment participation – or investment advice – in the 600 hectare nature reserve uMngeni Valley near Howick, a nature reserve that WESSA “can no longer afford to maintain on a sustainable basis”.
WESSA Chairman of the Board Dr Richard Lewis delivered a hard hitting address to paddlers and race supporters at the BSi/WESSA Vaal Canoe Marathon which took place on 3 and 4 November in Gauteng.
Blue Flag South Africa is proud to have launched its 12th season of running this successful beach certification programme at an official event held at Grotto Beach in Hermanus, Western Cape, on 11 October 2012.
WESSA, together with the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA), the Mazda Wildlife Fund and International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa), is offering a 2 day short course on understanding Environmental Impact Assessment on the 28th and 29th of May 2013.