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Environmental Links

Environmental Links

Agricultural Resource Council (ARC)

This page contains an extensive index of agricultural topics. Included are a variety of environmental topics such as alien weed control, biodiversity, biological control, ecosystems and environmental impact studies.

BirdLife South Africa

This organisation is dedicated to the study and protection of birds and their environments and to helping the public understand and enjoy wild birds. Their website provides information on BirdLife branches and affiliated clubs. It also contains a very extensive link page to other birding sites and pages.

The Botanical Society of South Africa

Education web page

Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)

Delta Environmental Centre

This website provides valuable information on a variety of environmental topics.

Department of Minerals and Energy – Renewable Energy Page

This web page provides information on affordable alternative energy sources for developing communities, including solar energy, wind energy, micro hydrosystems and hybrid systems.

Department of Water Affairs and Forestry – The Working for Water Programme

Working for Water is a multi-departmental public works programme, designed specifically to deal effectively with the problem of invading alien plants. This website covers interesting subjects such as invasive species targeted in the programme, secondary industries and social development linked to the programme and biocontrol of invasive alien plants.

Earthlife Africa

Earthlife Africa covers topics such as toxic waste dumping, nuclear reactors, air pollution, animal rights, gill nets, fluoridation and marine outfall.


Echo-Enviro’s aim is to promote and spread environmental information specific to the Southern African Region on the WWW. The site provides various links to environmental information.


EduPlant is a national school permaculture competition.

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)

This site contains environmental information and news.

Food and Trees for Africa

Food and Trees is a community-based, non-government, greening organisation specifically dedicated to the promotion of tree planting and environmental awareness in disadvantaged areas in South Africa.

Free Me rehabilitation centre

Internet for Environmental Education Project (INfoREEP)

A superb website from the Botany Department of The University of the Western Cape providing a range of resources and services that supports the field of environmental education in the Western Cape as well as the rest of South Africa. These include:

• Educator Resources

• Learner Resources – The Enviro Facts page under South African environment consists of 60 fact sheets covering a broad range of environmental issues.

• Enviro-Directory

• Discussion Forum

• Links

Johannesburg Zoological Gardens

Visit a special Zoo Page aimed at activities and programmes for children or e-mail a wildlife postcard to a friend.

National Botanical Institute (NBI)

The Education web page contains information on environmental education programmes for learners (Grades 1-12) and teachers at the Kirstenbosch, Pretoria and Witwatersrand Botanical Gardens.

Peace Parks Foundation

The mission of the Peace Parks Foundation is to facilitate the establishment of Transfrontier Conservation Areas in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) supporting sustainable economic development, the conservation of biodiversity, and regional peace and stability.


A Website of the National Botanical Institute of South Africa which provides information about plants native to Southern Africa and related topics. This is a very interesting website for the gardener who wants to use indigenous plants.

Rennies Wetlands Project

This is a very valuable website on wetlands, providing lots of information such as the six-part Wetland Fix series. This series is a practically illustrated, step-by-step field guide on wetlands and is aimed at wetland owners, agriculture and conservation extension officers and anybody who cares about wetlands. It can therefore also serve as valuable educational material. This website also contains Share-Net educational booklets on wetlands and provides an important link page to other wetland websites.

SAPPI – War on Waste (WOW)

Sappi Waste Paper, the secondary fibre division of Sappi, is responsible for the collection, sorting, baling and supplying of waste paper to paper manufacturing mills. This website contains a Teachers’ Activity Manual, which not only provides creative learning ideas, but also factual information for outcomes-based education. These activities are aimed at Grades 4-7 learners, but many of the activities are adaptable for use by other grades.


ShareNet is an informal network of individuals and organisations collaborating to produce environmental education materials. ShareNet has also developed educational packs to support the four main environmental weeks of the year, namely water, environment, marine and arbor weeks. All Share-Net resources are made available, copyright-free, for educational purposes.

Snake Handling course

Southern Africa Environment Project (SAEP)

This website introduces itself as “Your gateway to environment and sustainable development information in Southern Africa”. It provides lots of environmental news and information by making use of an excellent index.

South African National Parks

South African Weather Service

An education web page provides material for educators and links to other weather websites for both educators and learners.

South African Wetlands Conservation Programme

This programme is an initiative of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and was developed to ensure that South Africa’s obligations are met in terms of the Ramsar Convention and aspects concerning aquatic ecology under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The programme is aimed at the conservation and wise use of all wetland resources in South Africa.

The South African Wind Energy Association

This is a non-profit organisation established to further the use of wind energy in South Africa. This website provides information on the economic and environmental benefits of using wind energy for electricity generation. Information is also provided on educational material.

State of the Environment South Africa – The National State of the Environment Report

This report covers both the physical and the human environments. The physical environment includes topics such as climatic & atmospheric change, sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainability of freshwater resources and sustainability of marine & coastal systems.

Wildlife and Environment Society of Southern Africa (WESSA)

Contains important environmental news and information. The Enviro Education web page provides information about the different environmental education courses offered throughout WESSA’s various regions. Access can also be obtained to WESSA’s magazines, African Wildlife and EnviroKids, an environmental magazine for young people.

WildNet Africa

This site provides wildlife and environmental news. It also hosts and provides links to several South African environmental and wildlife sites.

WWF South Africa

This site provides information on the various WWF projects that are being undertaken in South Africa.