We were a founder member
and played a significant role in
the establishment of the Centre
for Environmental Rights.
We were appointed as an Institute
of Sectoral or Occupational Excellence
by the Local Government Skills
Education Training Authority.
We became a major partner in the
SANBI Groen Sebenza Jobs Fund
Programme - a pilot programme aimed
at developing skills in the biodiversity
sector in order to help create sustainable
job opportunities for 800 unemployed
graduates and matriculants.
We launched the three year
DEA-funded Youth Environmental
Services Training Programme in the
Western Cape, giving 300 youths a
structured mentorship programme,
as well as a chance to gain practical
experience in the environmental sector.
The SADC Regional
Environmental Education Programme,
implemented by us, was selected by
UNESCO as one of the five most
significant Sustainable Development
projects in Africa.
Our Eco-Schools Water Project, in
partnership with the Department of Water
and Sanitation, won the ‘Water for Life' UN
Water Best Practices Award for its
contribution to sustainable long-term
management of water resources.
We started one of the first
projects in South Africa.
We were a founder member of the
International Union for the
Conservation of Nature, one of only
two founder members from Africa.
We helped establish the
Addo Elephant Park, and were
also involved in the campaign to
enlarge the park in 2002.
We led a campaign to have the
Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia
included in the Greater St Lucia
Wetland Park. Today it is a World
our office at Umgeni Valley
Nature Reserve has been recognised by
the United Nations University as a
Regional Centre of Expertise in the field of
Education for Sustainable Development.
We initiated the international
Eco-Schools programme in