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 87 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.
World Rhino Day in South Africa will see conservationists and concerned citizens reflecting on another tragic year, the fifth in a row, where a record number of rhinos poached will most certainly be reached. To put the current rhino poaching war into perspective, South Africa has lost a total of 2409 rhinos since 2000. However, 95% (or 2289) of these losses have been in the past five years. This is a significant number when one considers there are only approximately 25 500 rhinos remaining on the continent. At present, South Africa is losing one rhino every nine hours and a total reported number of rhinos killed so far this year is sitting at 635 . It may seem to the public and uniformed, that no headway has been made. However the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) is of the firm opinion that the situation would be far worse if it were not for the difference that a wide range of continued committed government departments, conservation organisations and individuals has made.
Each year on the third Saturday of September volunteers around the world take part in the world's biggest coastal clean-up day, where they head to the beaches to remove debris from shorelines, waterways and oceans. They join hands and collectively ‘get them dirty’ in an effort to address the pollution that is one of the greatest global threats to biodiversity. This year marks the 28th annual International Coastal Clean-up day.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) formally recognised and celebrated a number of remarkable achievements in the environmental conservation sector on Friday evening, with the presentation of the organisation’s 2013 WESSA National Awards. The awards ceremony took place at a black tie gala dinner event held at the House of Pharaohs guesthouse and conference centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), together with several project partners, celebrated International Vulture Awareness Day at Nyoka Ridge Farm in Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort Dam, on Saturday 7 September to create awareness about the plight of these threatened birds.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) considers the Minister’s decision to gazette the intention to declare fracking a controlled activity a portent of the risk fracking poses to our water resources in the greater Karoo. WESSA continues to urge the Government to exercise the precautionary principle enshrined in the National Environmental Management Act (1998) which obligates the proponents of an activity to provide proof that it will not cause harm to the natural environment or people before the activity is allowed to go head.