Looking back at 60 years of ground breaking research

Looking back at 60 years of ground breaking research
31/01/2020 Webmaster

Saturday, 14 March 2020

at the beautiful Martin’s Chateau du Lac in Genval

Looking back at 60 years of ground breaking research
an evening with Dr Jane Goodall


Guest of honour

Dr. Jane Goodall, PHD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Under the patronage of

HRH Princess Esmeralda of Belgium

In the presence of

Prince Hussain Aga Khan

Jane Goodall Institute Belgium is delighted to announce its annual gala dinner & charity auction which will take place on 14 March 2020. We are honoured to be joined by our founder, the legendary Jane Goodall with whom we will look back at 60 years of pioneering work as she shares with us her challenges, successes and hopes for the future. We are most fortunate to once again have the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Esmeralda of Belgium who will be attending the event. In addition, we are honored that Prince Hussain Aga Khan will be present and donated two items for our charity auction.

Looking back at 60 years of ground breaking research

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Dr. Jane Goodall travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives.

Through nearly 60 years of ground-breaking work, Dr Jane Goodall has become one of the world’s most famous scientists and conservationists. Her work revolutionized how we think about chimpanzees and ourselves, as she proved that man was no longer the only toolmaker in the natural world. Her work has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; but she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action. As a conservationist, humanitarian and crusader for the ethical treatment of animals, she is a global force for compassion and a UN Messenger of Peace. Dr. Goodall is also the founder of the Roots & Shoots, a global programme that guides young people over 50 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.

Come join us

Thanks to our partner John Martin, this exclusive gala dinner and charity auction will take place in the beautiful setting of Martin’s Chateau du Lac in Genval. There will be a cocktail reception at 18:30 followed by a vegetarian three-course dinner at 20:00. The dress code is smart casual.

Individual seats (150€), seats at Jane Goodall’s table (600€), tables of eight and tables of ten can be purchased here. By purchasing one of the tables, you have the opportunity to give selected customers, employees and business partners a unique evening that makes a difference for the natural world. Guests staying at the hotel can obtain a reduction here.

Be a force for good

Later in the evening, you will be able to take part in our charity auction, which will include beautiful works of art as well as exclusive prizes, such as a dream safari in Tanzania.

Last year, the charity auction allowed us to raise funds for (i) the JGI community conservation project in Senegal, in particular their agroforestry work, wild chimpanzee research and youth empowerment activities, and (ii) the Innovation Lab Schools Project in Tanzania, which allowed the creation of three innovation labs, where Tanzanian students have received free education with a curriculum based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and in line with the three pillars of the Roots & Shoots methodology (Animals, People and Environment) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

This year, to mark the 60th anniversary of Jane Goodall’s arrival in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and the start of her continued and uninterrupted ground-breaking work, we will be raising funds for the reforestation efforts, youth empowerment projects and animal welfare programs of the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania.

About the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium

The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization, founded in 1977, that advances the vision of founder Dr Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected – everyone can make a difference. The Jane Goodall Institute Belgium was founded in 2005 and is the Belgian chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute.

The efforts of Jane Goodall Institute Belgium, its 10 board members and over 100 volunteers focus on (i) creating and recreating forests, (ii) youth empowerment and (iii) animal protection by raising funds to support over 150 chimpanzees in our Tchimpounga sanctuary in the DRC.

These efforts have yielded incredible results as, through our Forest in One Day initiative, so far 40,000 trees have been planted in Belgium and 2.4 million in Burundi. This year, on 2 February 2020, we will be planting an additional 18,000 trees in Belgium and, by the end of the local planting season, more than 1.3 million in Burundi. As has been extensively documented, trees are our best allies in countering climate change and improving the quality of life of all living things. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.be.

About Princess Esmeralda of Belgium

HRH Princess Esmeralda of Belgium is a journalist, author and documentary maker, and the youngest daughter of the late king Leopold III. She is committed to defending women’s and indigenous people’s rights and an environmental activist. She has written several books, including “Terre, agissons pour la planete. Il n’est pas trop tard” (Earth, act now to save the planet. It’s not too late) as well as “Femmes prix Nobel de la Paix” (Female Nobel Peace Prize winners). She has produced three documentaries, including “Virunga”. She is also the president of both the King Léopold III Fund for Nature exploration and conservation and of Honour of Care Belgium as well as Chair of Friendship Belgium.

About Prince Hussain Aga Khan

Prince Hussain Aga Khan is the third child and second son of Aga Khan IV and his first wife, Sarah Croker-Poole.  Prince Hussain has been enthusiastic about wildlife since a young age and since developed a keen interest in conservation matters. He began taking photographs of fauna and flora at the age of 22. Hussain Aga Khan sits on the Environment and Climate Change committee of the Aga Khan Development Network. He is a member of the AKDN Committee and a board member of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). His nature and wildlife photographs have been exhibited at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC, the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco and, more recently, at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi and at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. Collections of his photographs have been published in 2 books, Animal Voyage in 2004 (a new edition was printed in 2007) and Diving into Wildlife in 2015. Some of Hussain’s photographs have appeared in National Geographic Blogs.

Should you have any questions, suggestions or if you require additional information concerning the gala, we would be pleased to hear from you at gala@janegoodall.be.

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