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The Lowveld region eagerly anticipates the visit of Dr Jane Goodall, a distinguished ethologist and global conservation icon, this month.

Global conservation icon Jane Goodall to visit the Lowveld

The Lowveld region eagerly anticipates the visit of Dr Jane Goodall, a distinguished ethologist and global conservation icon, this month.

The Greater Riverside Biodiversity Initiative (GRBI) will host and facilitate various events and engagements that will underscore Dr Goodall’s unparalleled contributions to biodiversity and conservation on a global scale. 

The primary focus of her visit will be a keynote address, during which she will shed light on the critical work undertaken by the GRBI, in partnership with her global environmental and humanitarian programme Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.

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The GRBI is a groundbreaking initiative, designed to create a sustainable environment that both residents and visitors can enjoy for generations to come. Emphasising biodiversity, conservation and ecological awareness, this project promises to make Riverside a shining example of environmental stewardship. Dr Goodall’s visit is set to be a catalyst, inspiring communities and stakeholders to actively engage in the protection of our natural resources.

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The collaboration between the GRBI and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is rooted in a shared commitment to environmental stewardship and youth empowerment. Recognising the intrinsic connection between conservation efforts and the mobilisation of the younger generation, GRBI and Roots & Shoots have forged a dynamic partnership. Their collaborative synergy is evident in the concerted efforts to create a harmonious balance between safeguarding the region’s rich natural heritage, as undertaken by GRBI, and empowering youth through compassionate decision-making and positive actions, as championed by Roots & Shoots. This partnership exemplifies a holistic approach to environmental sustainability, where the wisdom of experienced conservation initiatives harmonises with the vigour and innovation of youth-led projects. 

As we prepare to host Dr Goodall, we recognise the unique opportunity her visit presents to raise awareness about the GRBI’s mission and the broader significance of environmental conservation.

Professor Dan Parker, chairperson of the GRBI Board

Together, GRBI and Roots & Shoots are actively contributing to a future   where biodiversity preservation and youth empowerment stand hand in hand, fostering a legacy of positive change for the Lowveld region and beyond.

“As we prepare to host Dr Goodall, we recognise the unique opportunity her visit presents to raise awareness about the GRBI’s mission and the broader significance of environmental conservation,” says Professor Dan Parker, chairperson of the GRBI Board. “The initiative seeks not only to safeguard the unique ecosystems of the Lowveld, but also to foster sustainable development that harmonises with nature. Dr Goodall’s keynote address to be presented at a gala evening on 28 February at the Emnotweni Arena, Nelspruit, will serve as a beacon, illuminating the path towards responsible environmental stewardship.

The Greater Riverside Biodiversity Initiative (GRBI) took another momentous step in its mission to create a thriving interconnected green space as it hosted a delightful family fun park stroll in partnership with Green Valley Estate over the weekend.
The Greater Riverside Biodiversity Initiative (GRBI) took another momentous step in its mission to create a thriving interconnected green space as it hosted a delightful family fun park stroll in partnership with Green Valley Estate.

“I am thrilled about the upcoming visit of Dr Goodall. I believe that the collaboration between GRBI and Roots & Shoots represents a powerful alliance, uniting experienced conservation initiatives with the youthful energy of grassroots projects. Dr Goodall’s visit is a testament to our shared commitment to biodiversity preservation and youth empowerment, setting the stage for an inspiring and impactful event that will resonate for years to come.”

The visit and subsequent events held with Dr Jane Goodall is not merely a moment in time, but a call to action. It is an opportunity for individuals, organisations and governments to recognise the importance of safeguarding our natural heritage. Dr Goodall’s profound insights, gained from decades of dedicated work, will undoubtedly inspire attendees to consider their roles as stewards of the environment and catalysts for positive change.

For more information email: jessica.prim@spandp.co.za.

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