Welcome to WESSA
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a South African environmental organisation with a mission to implement high impact environmental and conservation projects which promote public participation in caring for the Earth.
With a remarkable 88 year history, WESSA has a strong track record of delivering human capacity development projects by working in strategic partnerships, thus enabling people to make more sustainable lifestyle and environmental management choices. Critical focus areas include life-supporting eco-systems such as water, energy and biodiversity.
The Department of Water and Sanitation launched an exciting new water action project at a gala dinner held in Johannesburg last night. The launch event formed part of the week-long Youth Summit on Water and Climate Change, an intensive education programme that addresses water, environmental issues and careers. The summit is hosted by the department each year as one of their key activities for Youth Month.
The new Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pamela Tshwete took part in a ‘hands on’ activity today with WESSA Eco-Schools and the Fundisa Teacher Education Network, as she participated in a ‘miniSASS’ test at the Modderfontein Stream in Edenvale at the Ekurhuleni Municipality.
The WESSA Awards, which have been presented since 1978, enable WESSA to recognise and honour individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the environmental conservation or environmental education sector in South Africa over the past year in an exceptional and sustained manner.
Are you keen to learn about your environmental rights and the role you can play in preserving the environment? Are you eager to increase your understanding of the links between a sustainable environment and sustainable development? Would you like to know how to critically review and comment on scoping, EIA reports and EMPs?
Local government, district municipalities and conservation parastatals have demonstrated their commitment to the conservation of our coastline this month, through an unprecedented number of Blue Flag applications. For the first time ever, the 50 mark has been passed and a total of 55 Blue Flag applications have been received by WESSA for the 2014/2015 Blue Flag Season. Several new municipalities will be participating for the first time in this international environmental education programme which is managed by WESSA in South Africa.