Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a South African environmental organisation which aims to initiate and support high impact environmental and conservation projects to promote participation in caring for the Earth. For over 90 years they have proactively engaged with the challenges and opportunities presented by their country’s unique natural heritage and the social and economic systems that depend on it.
They have become a leading implementer of environmental initiatives: They work with schools and teachers throughout South Africa on a range of local and international programmes to support and improve school curricula with regard to environmental learning, enabling learners to achieve their full potential towards a sustainable future by taking environmental action in their own areas. Blue Flag is the global symbol of quality for beaches, boats and marinas in the environmental management of their coastline and coastal waters to help tourism growth and development. The Green Key eco-label recognises tourism establishments demonstrating excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operations. Their professional training programmes are addressing South Africa's skills shortage, and they are also implementing programmes to develop an empowered and enthused youth sector. They are supporting the conservation of life-supporting biodiversity and water resources through ecological infrastructure projects which involve the removal of invasive alien plants and the rehabilitation and restoration of ecosystems.
WESSA is an integral part of the international environmental community: In addition to being the appointed operator in South Africa for five FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) programmes, they are a founder member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and, as a UNESCO partner, they are supporting education for sustainable development across the southern African region.
They are a membership-supported organisation and activate a wide range of local conservation initiatives for the environment through their membership network of branches or friends groups. It is due to the efforts and strong leadership within their membership that they have been a motivating force behind many of South Africa's most significant environmental actions, and they continue to work to promote effective environmental governance through participating in the development of legislation and supporting compliance.
WESSA is a Section 21 company registered as an Incorporated Association not for gain.See more