Eden to Addo is all about the environment and conservation and they love to raise awareness on people and organisations sharing this passion. This month the spotlight falls on WESSA – the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.
Founded in 1926, WESSA is a membership-based, non-government organisation, bringing people together in caring for the earth. Over the past nine decades WESSA became the leading implementer of environmental initiatives. They have worked with over half a million learners in improving education by supporting the school curriculum. Something else that’s important to WESSA is helping companies becoming water and carbon neutral.
The list of WESSA’s accomplishments goes on and on. In the international environmental community WESSA are running three international programmes for the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) in South Africa. WESSA is a founding member of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and supports education for sustainable developments across regions in southern African as a UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) partner.
WESSA works closely with all areas of Government with a strong focus on local municipalities in supporting mandates and helping with the improvement of service delivery. They assist with practical skill development and also work with corporates, large-scale private landowners and conservancies as well as with other environmental organisations.
As a membership-based organisation WESSA offers different levels of participation. A basic individual membership starts at R150* per year. Friends Groups membership is R550* per year and it includes the use of the WESSA friends group logo; quarterly editions of the African Wildlife & Environment and EnviroKids magazines. A WESSA Friends Group Handbook is also available.
Visiting the WESSA website will proof to you just how passionate they are about the environment. WESSA has different branches all over South Africa from where members can join in and participate in caring for the earth. Although WESSA makes a big impact, it’s the combined efforts of thousands of South Africans sharing the passion, bringing all efforts to fruition.
Visit the WESSA website and read more about how they manage the Blue Flag label and how they’re helping improving tourism facilities at over 70 different sites.
*Memberships fees quoted from WESSA.co.za and subject to their terms and conditions.