WESSA’s Environmental Governance Programme aims to promote effective environmental governance through participating in the development of legislation, and supporting compliance with environmental legislation by credibly, publically and actively responding to development proposals, threats or incidents that pose a significant risk to the environment.

Our programme is focussed on the thematic areas of Water and Biodiversity.  We work to develop social capital to progressively engage with environmental impacts, by fostering partnerships with stakeholders and responsible authorities, and empowering citizens through the transfer of environmental knowledge. Important too, in our advocacy efforts to promote sustainable resource use, are the principles of equitability, sustainable utilisation and environmental rights.