The biggest threats facing the environment in southern Africa today are land transformation, habitat loss, biological invasion, destruction of ecosystems, mismanagement of natural resources and climate change.

WESSA has a national conservation project portfolio through which we are working to protect South Africa’s rich natural heritage and resources through ecological infrastructure rehabilitation and restoration; working towards improving water quality and quantity; and securing formal protection status for areas of high biodiversity.

We approach all our work with an aim to create co-benefits for the environment and people. By improving ecological infrastructure and developing human capacity while working to rehabilitate, restore and protect biodiversity and essential ecosystem goods and services, we are able to create measurable environmental, social and economic benefits for people too, which also supports South Africa’s development path.






Lemson Betha, Head:  Ecological Infrastructure & Sustainability
Tel 011 462 5663
Cell 076 790 5043