Conservationist wins Gandhi King Award for Non-violence

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A leading Tanzanian conservationist, Jane Goodall, has been awarded the prestigious Gandhi King Award for Non-Violence for her outstanding work in protecting and conserving nature in the country.
Dr Goodall will be the third person to receive the award at the UN in New York for excellent work which exemplifies her commitment to the principle of non-violence as advocated by Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi (1869-1948), considered to be the founding father of India, is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of non- violence to achieve political and social progress.
The other recipients of the award from Bawa Jain of the Millennium World Peace Summit and the World Movement for Non- Violence are UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
During the past 40 years, Goodall has devoted her life in the study and the preservation of chimpanzees in western Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park.
Goodalls' appreciation of nature and personal efforts to promote science and tourism have won her international acclaim in making the world a better place for all living things.
The dense forest of Gombe Stream is home to more than 200 chimpanzees besides the rare species of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys.
Goodall has been active in wildlife conservation in Gombe since 1960.
In the meantime, she has taken the message of care and concern for the environment, animals and human communities to 68 countries around the world.
Through her Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education Project, Goodall has led communities in the park's neighbourhood to address the twin problems of poverty and environmental destruction.
The project entails such issues as education, micro- enterprise loans, reforestation, family planning, water, sanitation and agricultural development.

16 july 2001 19:29:00

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