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Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation strives to protect and support Africa's increasingly precious wilderness areas through integrated conservation and educational programmes, the benefits of which support cultural, biodiversity, scientific, economic, social and spiritual values. A not-for-profit organization headed by the entrepreneurial social conscience of Andrew Muir, the organization was founded in 1972 by Dr Ian Player and the late Magqubu Ntombela. The WFSA is part of an international network of similar organizations. In South Africa it has been a pioneer in using nature as a positive force for social change, involving disadvantaged youth, political and community leaders. Since its inception more than 60,000 participants have been through its programmes. The Wilderness Foundationís work is concentrated in four main areas: 1) Social Upliftment through wilderness, 2) Experiential Education in wilderness, 3) Wilderness Management and 4) Wilderness Advocacy.† Among many programmes, WFSA has initiated and currently runs: Umzi Wethu, Imbewu, Pride, Opinion Leaders' Trails and the Baviaanskloof Mega Wilderness Reserve.


Click here to download a map of the work of the Wilderness Foundation across South Africa and an introduction to their projects (57.7 KB)
Download article published in the Herald December 2009 entitled 'Wilderness put forward as way to mitigate climate chnage (804KB)
International Green Leaf Environmental Standard
The Green Leaf Environmental Standard is an International Standard that measures environmental issues - that is green accommodation, green business, green products, green conferencing and green events.

The Green Leaf Environmental Standard measures the effects of consumption on the environment while inspiring environmental and social change.

Without comprimising quality of the product or the experience, the Green Leaf Environmental Standard educates, raises awareness and provides and environmental management system designed for continual improvemeent.

The Green Leaf Environmental Standard is aimed at owners, management, employees and consumers alike and provides the opportunity to be carbon neutral.

The Green Leaf Environmental Standard was initiated by the Wilderness Foundation, piloted in Africa, and was launched at South Africaís Tourism Indaba in May 2008. The Green Leaf Environmental Standard has assessed hotels, game lodges and country estates in the tourism sector, an industry sector that interfaces intrinsically with the environment.

Since Indaba, international tourism property owners have embraced the Green Leaf Environmental Standard and are undergoing assessments in African countries including Namibia, Botswana, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Tour operators have also endorsed the Green Leaf Environmental Standard in response to increasing global environmental pressures and traveler awareness

The Green Leaf, the iconic logo of the Wilderness Network symbolises the three relationships of human, environment and spirit.








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Click the image to enlarge: Wilderness Foudnation Havens restortaion site
Wilderness Foudnation Havens restortaion site
Click the image to enlarge: Spekboom planting plot
Spekboom planting plot
Click the image to enlarge: Spekboom restoration
Spekboom restoration
Click the image to enlarge: Kouga Dam nursary in the Baviaanskloof
Kouga Dam nursary in the Baviaanskloof
Click the image to enlarge: Gabians to prevent futher erosion on the restoration site of Havens in the Baviaanskloof
Gabians to prevent futher erosion on the restoration site of Havens in the Baviaanskloof
Posted: 8/13/2010 (10:44:01 AM)

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