Welcome to WESSA
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) 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 88 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.
The Western Cape State of the Environment Outlook Report (2013) that was recently released by the Provincial Government is honest and disturbing. Six of the nine criteria chosen as environmental indicators show declines and the improvements or stability in the remaining three sections – namely, Air Quality, Waste and Human Settlements – are qualified by being linked largely to service delivery rather than to environmental system integrity.
WESSA is most gratified at the City of Cape Town’s decision not to sell land abutting Princess Vlei in Grassy Park for development. We congratulate all the civil society organizations and individuals who have worked tirelessly to protect the cultural, religious, recreational and biodiversity features of this area.
This 2014 National Water Week the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), and Conservation South Africa (CSA) are proud to announce the launch of a European Union (EU) funded project that will focus on natural resource conservation and management for the generation of a water-linked green-economy in the Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal.
Read our latest newsletter, featuring highlights of our environmental conservation and education work throughout the country over the past quarter.
WESSA welcomes Thursday’s declaration that was the outcome of the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held in London from 12 to 13 February 2014. The commitment of government representatives and regional economic integration organisations to work together to bring an end to the illegal trade in wildlife is seen as a very positive step for global biodiversity conservation.