Highlighting the career of Prof Willem van Riet, directing innovative conservation initiatives in Africa, illustrating his experiences and approach through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

An all-inclusive approach to conservation was instigated by numerous adventures on wild rivers in the 60’s and developed through academic research at Universities in Philadelphia (USA) and Pretoria (South Africa). GIS software, data and processes were harnessed throughout his career in support of planning, scientific analyses and fundraising.  Projects and programmes will be illustrated through a number themes. This approach was implemented during his years on the SANParks Board and on transboundary initiatives in Southern Africa during his 10 years as the CEO of the Peace Parks Foundation. Recently he has functioned as a consulted through the Swedish entity (Transboundary Conservation Foundation).

"I hope that the review of these conservation projects, as a journey of discovery through the use of GIS and maps, will be of assistance to conservation development in many parts of the world. I would like to iterate that the content of this site reflects my own personal point of view and is based on my personal experiences."

Thursday, 25 February 2016 09:33

ESRI Conservation GIS Program

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that the ESRI Conservation Grant was awarded to myself and the TRANSBOUNDARY CONSERVATION FOUNDATION.

This is indeed a great honour and would allow the Foundation access to all the new software linked to the enormous ESRI GIS platform and will also allow access the vast amount of new environmental data that is being made available by ESRI to all Conservation projects. The world is changing around us and so is the use of GIS software and information through use of Apps instead of complex programs.

I hope to be making use of this in the near future to provide our many conservation projects with new skills.

Thank you all at ESRI South Africa and ESRI USA!




Published in Atlas of the Globe