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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

environmental education

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

Heritage site.



Since 2007

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

South Africa.