Born out of the following vision, “to create a safe, future fit green asset founded on strong partnerships, promoting conservation, social cohesion and cultural vibrancy that drives progress through integration, entrepreneurship and dialog.” aligns with that of the City of Mbombela’s Climate Change Response Policy, and aims to stimulate the establishment and conservation of green spaces in and around the Riverside precinct that serve everyone
The Greater Riverside Biodiversity Initiative (GRBI) is a programme to establish an interconnected web of green spaces approximately 280 hectares in extent in the Greater Riverside area of Mbombela that serves the city, its people, and the economy alike. The GRBI aims to stimulate the establishment of green spaces that serve everyone. These spaces will increase the city’s resilience to climate change, conserve and enhance biodiversity value and generate opportunities for true social and ecological regeneration through the establishment of sustainable and catalytic green spaces within the existing (but neglected) Greater Riverside greenbelt.
The GRBI has been set up as a Not-for-Profit Company (NPC) to manage the clearing, conservation, and activation of the green areas in the GRBI. The founding steering committee, which is in the process of becoming the board, consists of a number of experienced environmentalists.
To create a safe, future fit green asset founded on strong partnerships, promoting conservation, social cohesion and cultural vibrancy that drives progress through integration, entrepreneurship, and dialog.