ACHIEVING FORMAL PROTECTION STATUS
IN AREAS OF HIGH BIODIVERSITY
IMPROVING EDUCATION BY SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
PROMOTING PARTICIPATION IN CARING FOR THE EARTH
FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS
ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL NEED FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
SUPPORTING SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
HELPING COMPANIES BECOME WATER AND CARBON NEUTRAL
WESSA implements effective environmental, ecotourism, education and youth development programmes throughout South Africa. We improve the school curriculum through education for sustainable development and provide critical work skills training, which creates job opportunities and sustainable livelihoods in local communities. Our environmental initiatives contribute towards the restoration of ecosystems, while our ecolabels support tourism growth and development by encouraging responsible tourism practices and the improved management of our coastline.
WHAT WE DO
THE WESSA AWARDS
Presented since 1974, our awards enable us to recognise and honour individuals and groups making a significant contribution to the environmental conservation or environmental education sector in South Africa in an exceptional and sustained manner. The Awards may be given to any individual; corporate or organisation; community group; educational group; or volunteer conservation or environmental group who have done outstanding work for the benefit of environmental conservation or education.
The 2016 Awards were presented at a special ceremony at WESSA's 90th AGM in Kruger National Park on Saturday 17 September. In celebration of 90 years of Caring for the Earth, we introduced a very special 90 Lifetime Conservation Achiever Awards category in 2016
WESSA’s quarterly publication giving regional coverage of current environmental issues across southern Africa, with contributions from specialist writers. Great gift subscription idea!
Full of fantastic facts and information about how to live more sustainably and care for the Earth, each issue has a different theme and supports the National Curriculum, making it a valuable educational resource for children, parents and teachers.
WESSA KZN membership have produced numerous wildlife handbooks and field guides over the years which present scientific information in a very accessible way, making them appealing to a wide audience.
A collection of inspiring stories of change from some of the 300 young people who participated in the DEA-funded WESSA-implemented YES Programme in the Western Cape from 2013-2015.
An inspiring, fun, educational dual language book being distributed by WESSA to kids in rural areas in South Africa and Mozambique most affected by rhino poaching. Also available for purchase to support the project.
We've developed a range of resources to inform and help us adapt to climate change, by explaining the implications of our actions and providing lifestyle choices we can all make to live more sustainably.