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.
2016 was another exciting year at WESSA, with the support of our funders, partners and members around the country. Take a look at some of our highlights from the year.
Our #MyBlueFlagSummer Virtual Roadtrip for 2016/2017 has kicked off and you are invited to tour with us along SA’s coastline, visiting our Blue Flag beaches, boats and marinas.
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.
WESSA introduces Green Key in South Africa
WESSA has launched an eco-label for tourism establishments demonstrating excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operations.
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.