WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a leading implementer of high-impact environmental and conservation initiatives in southern Africa.
With a remarkable history of 90 years, WESSA is an NGO with a proud track record of enabling individuals and organisations to use natural resources sustainably, and is a trusted and effective project partner. We are driven by the critical focus areas of our work which include the international eco-labels of Eco-Schools and Blue Flag, environmental education and training, the conservation of life-supporting biodiversity and water resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental governance, and the WESSA Rhino and Elephant initiatives.
Celebrating 90 years of caring for the earth
WESSA officially came into being in 1926, when a group of passionate individuals got together and successfully campaigned for the proclamation of Kruger National Park.
WESSA recognises conservation stars at 90th celebrations
WESSA paid tribute to a wide range of outstanding environmental achievements with the presentation of the organisation’s Annual Awards. These Awards were presented at the organisation’s 90th AGM in the Kruger National Park on 17 September.
Stories of Change
We've published a collection of inspiring stories from some of the 300 young people who participated in the DEA-funded WESSA-implemented YES Programme in the Western Cape from 2013-2015.
Whether you have just 60 seconds or five minutes to spare or really want to get stuck in, there are many different ways you can get involved with WESSA and help us make a difference to our environment.