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."

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:45

The Real Ice Age

"715 million years ago the entire planet was encased in snow and ice. This frozen wasteland may have been the birthplace of complex animals." This quotation from the linked article gives rise to the question; is global cooling not more influential than global warming? Did ice ages not have more of an impact than warm ages and is the influence of volcanic activity and impacts from meteorites not more important than humans influence?

Earth Was A Frozen Snowball When Animals First Evolved

Published in Atlas of the Globe
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:35

The Economic Cost Of Rising Sea Levels

As mentioned before, change is inevitable. We have seen rising and lowering of sea levels over time. Globally there has been a 250m high terrace as well as a terrace and subterranean canyons resulting from lower sea levels of the past. This paper from NASA illustrates the cost of raising sea levels and it also illustrates the cost of our inability to adapt and plan for environmental change. We are really the most un-adaptable of all organisms.

Full Article: Climate Change Economics

Published in Atlas of the Globe

Nothing ever stays the same and environmental changes are always logical. The growth in biodiversity comes as a reaction to environmental change and stress. When we look at history in a geological time frame, it seems slow but changes are also very evident in the landscapes all around, even those as large as the Sahara desert. Change based on geological events is inevitable and large scale in its impact and not often recognised in the climate change debate. Click below for an interesting article 

Arabia was once a lush paradise of grass and woodlands

Published in Atlas of the Globe