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 (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a leading implementer of high-impact environmental and conservation initiatives in South Africa. We are a trusted and effective project partner with a proud, 90-year history of enabling individuals and organisations to use natural resources sustainably. The priority areas of our work include the international eco-labels of Eco-Schools, Blue Flag and Green Key; environmental and work skills training; the conservation of life-supporting biodiversity and water resources through ecological infrastructure rehabilitation and restoration; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and environmental governance. As the implementing agency of the SADC Regional Environmental Education Project (SADC-REEP) for over 20 years and a UNESCO partner, we are also supporting education for sustainable development across the southern African region.
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.
A practical guide to integrating the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals into our daily lives, including practical suggestions for change‐choice‐practices and a year plan.
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.
A toolkit that helps us understand the implications of our actions, giving us simple formulae to calculate just about every impact of our lifestyles including the food we eat, energy we use and waste we create.
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.