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.
Eighty-five Eco-Schools delegates from over 50 countries around the world have come together in Joburg for an exchange of knowledge and best practices around environmental education.
2016/17 Blue Flag status awarded to SA’s top beaches, boats and marinas
Fifty-eight Blue Flags will be proudly flown at coastal sites around South Africa over the 2016/17 Blue Flag season, which opens officially on 1 November.
South African receives top recognition from world-leader in environmental education
WESSA's Malcolm Powell was made an Honorary Member of the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) during FEE’s General Assembly that took place last month in India. READ MORE
Rivers for Life swimmer to take on the Orange River
WESSA is proud to be associated once again with extreme Cape Town-based swimmer Andrew Chin, who is swimming the Orange River as part of his campaign to heighten awareness around the state of our country’s rivers.
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 created a short movie using 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.
WATCH THE MOVIE
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.