The National Association of Conservancies / Stewardship of South Africa (NACSSA) was established in August 2003 to:
promote community-driven conservation nationally by supporting provincial conservancy associations network with local and international bodies with similar aims NACSSA’s membership consists of two representatives from provincial conservancy associations plus co-opted members as needed.
Until all provinces have established their own conservancy associations, a representative from their Provincial Government Conservation Department will serve on the NACSSA Executive in the interim.
Currently provincial conservancy associations have been formed in seven of the nine provinces. Through this network NACSSA represents ±750 conservancies in South Africa. In total these conservancies own and manage about 3 million hectares of land.
KwaZuluNatal Conservancies Association is the oldest provincial association, founded in 1981. The Gauteng Conservancy & Stewardship Association was the second one, founded in February 2003. In 2004 Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Limpopo followed. Other provinces are working towards forming associations