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We are part of an

international conservation


The Foundation for Environmental

Education (FEE)

FEE is an international non-government,

non-profit organisation. It promotes

sustainable development through

environmental education. FEE has a

Memorandum of Understanding with

the United Nations Environment

Programme and its tourism-related

programmes are recognised by the

United Nations World Tourism

Organisation. We are the only

South African NGO partner entrusted

with two FEE programmes: since 2001

we’ve implemented and managed the

Blue Flag programme in partnership

with local authorities, and since 2003

we’ve run FEE’s Eco-Schools

programme, which is active in 59

countries around the world.

Blue Flag

The Blue Flag Programme focuses on

the environmental management of our

coastline and coastal waters to help

tourism growth and development.

Although it’s a voluntary eco-label, it’s

become an international symbol of

quality for beaches, marinas and

eco-tourism boats. The programme is

designed to raise environmental

awareness and increase sound

environmental practices among tourists

and local populations. The World

Tourism Organisation regards Blue Flag

as the most well-known eco-label

globally, with over 4 000 sites in

49 countries.

Our Blue Flag Programme has

established itself as the most recognised

coastal eco-label in South Africa. We’re

hoping to raise this label to new levels

by building a legacy of socio-economic

upliftment and marine protection

services across South Africa.

Operation Phakisa, a current

initiative of the South African

government, aims to unlock the

economic potential of South Africa’s

oceans by accelerating execution of the

National Development Plan (NDP). By

2033 the NDP would like South Africa’s

ocean economic potential to range

between R129bn and R177bn, with up

to one million new jobs being created.

Of the nine sectors analysed as key

priorities for South Africa’s ocean

economy, the Blue Flag Programme

clearly operates within three of these

(Tourism, Communication and Marine

Protection Services). This means that

we’re well positioned to assist with

achieving this goal.

Eco-Schools Programme

Eco-Schools is a tool that supports

environmental learning in the

classroom and accredits schools that


“In November 2014 the international Eco-Schools

programme was recognised by the UN as one of the

most effective sustainability projects over the past

10 years.”

“In August 2013 the Department of Basic Education

formally thanked WESSA Eco-Schools for the

contribution the programme has made to quality

and sustainable education in South Africa.”