Redlands, California, USA—February 10, 2009—ESRI has joined forces with the Microsoft Corporation to support the longtime efforts of the Kenyan-based Green Belt Movement.
“Helping the world reforest and using technology to improve the effectiveness of strategies for helping heal our planet are essential in helping people and nations improve their local and the world’s environment,” says Rob Bernard, Microsoft chief environmental strategist. “We are proud to combine forces with ESRI to use our collective expertise in technology to help advance the goals of the Green Belt Movement.”
The Green Belt Movement is internationally known for its reforestation activities, planting more than 30 million trees since its founding in 1977 by Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace prize recipient.
Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, states, “The prospect of supporting the internationally recognized efforts of the Green Belt Movement is a wonderful opportunity for both of our companies. This will allow us to contribute in a very direct way to help resolve some of the many environmental challenges facing the world today.”