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FANRPAN Family Mourns Prof Mathai: Mother of Africa's Environment
3 October 2011


FANRPAN offers its condolences to the family of Prof. Wangari Maathai, who passed away on 25 September 2011. Her work in environmental conservation has made an impact globally and most important on the African continent. She is a role model worth emulating.

It was a selfless dedication to conserving Africa's rich environmental resources that earned Prof. Wangari Maathai the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She founded the Greenbelt Movement and made her presence felt at events such as the UNFCCC CoP events. South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu aptly refers to Ma Maathai as "a true African heroine".

Prof. Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 was a maverick environmental activist who had the foresight to align women's rights issues with initiatives that would end poverty, while sustaining the Earth.

The world - and certainly Africa - will miss this iconic giant.

Rest in peace, Ma Maathai!

Thank you for your positive contributions to Africa's food security policies!

Thank you for flying the African flag in global platforms!

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