“WESSA is a South African environmental organisation which aims to initiate and support high impact environmental and conservation projects to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. For almost 90 years WESSA has proactively engaged with the challenges and opportunities presented by South Africa’s unique natural heritage and the social and economic systems that depend on it.”
Originally the Wildlife Society of SA, WESSA registered as an Incorporated Association not for gain. WESSA is regionally represented by WESSA Lowveld and chaired by Ricky Pott. The branch is particularly active due to its proximity to the Kruger National Park and the many private game farms surrounding this global treasure. WESSA Lowveld organises many regular events – speakers, documentaries and an annual auction – which are enthusiastically attended by local residents.
Spokesperson Brenda Archdeacon says they are especially proud of the annual Global March for Elephants, Rhinos & Lions hosted by WESSA Lowveld, and the fundraising events they organise for the Rhino Initiative. She makes special mention of the ongoing support they receive from Cecil Corringham of Life-Form Taxidermy.
Brenda speaks passionately about the environmental crisis facing the world, a direct result of the way in which humans occupy the planet. “A human centred crisis requires a human centred response,” she says. WESSA has become a leading implementer of environmental initiatives in southern Africa, working in strategic partnerships in the critical areas of water and biodiversity, while also addressing climate change as a cross‐cutting issue. These initiatives, which focus on schools, community and youth development, include the Eco‐Schools programme involving more than 500 000 learners across nine South African provinces; the Blue Flag programme which focuses on the environmental management of beaches and coastal waters; the ESKOM Energy and Sustainability Programme which supports educators, learners and communities in the promotion of sustainable lifestyles; and the WESSA Rhino Initiative.
WESSA’s Facebook page and website are packed with information, so keep an eye on them to find out what’s happening on the region’s environment and wildlife front.
Brenda Archdeacon 082 820 9855 (PR & Marketing as well as Fundraising events)
Ricky Pott 083 630 1782 (Chairman of WESSA Lowveld committee)
WESSA Lowveld are on Facebook