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.
A select group of individuals and organisations were formally acknowledged for their invaluable contributions to the Western Cape’s environmental conservation and environmental education sectors at WESSA’s 65th Annual Regional Meeting and Awards Ceremony, held at Vondeling Wine Estate near Wellington on Saturday 26 October.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) is a South African environmental organisation with a mission to implement environmental and conservation projects with high impact, to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. It is thus not surprising that WESSA is a client of South Africa’s first socially and environmentally friendly advertising agency, human.kind. Having successfully collaborated in the past, WESSA and human.kind's partnership has led to yet another revolutionary idea: an annual review that truly sheds light.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) marked National Marine Week today by celebrating the national launch of this year’s Blue Flag Programme at Ramsgate Beach in KZN, hosted by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality. Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, marinas and boats that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality and regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known eco-label globally.
On 11 September the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) released its jury decision on the International Blue Flag awards for the 2013/2014 season to the Blue Flag Coordinators in the southern hemisphere countries. Once again the number of sites awarded Blue Flag status in South Africa has increased, despite the criteria being even stricter than in previous years. WESSA is proud to announce that South Africa can now boast at total of 41 Blue Flag Beaches and 5 Blue Flag Marinas, which is an increase of 15% from last year and 50% from 2011.
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.