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2021.10.26 17:29

‘She shows that science is inspiring.’ Lithuanian-Canadian environmentalist Galdikas tours Lithuania

BNS2021.10.26 17:29

Birutė Galdikas, a world-renowned anthropologist, environmentalist and orangutan specialist of Lithuanian descent, met with the country's president on Tuesday.

“With her example, Birutė Galdikas shows that science is meaningful and inspiring. We have to create conditions for our country's scientists to change the world. Respect and a proper position for science in the state is one of our priorities,” Nausėda said after his meeting with the Lithuanian-Canadian scientist at the Presidential Palace.

Galdikas is visiting Lithuania as she marks the 50th anniversary of her work.

Nausėda and Galdikas discussed assistance for Lithuanian scientists and ways to create conditions for them to contribute to positive environmental challenges.

They also spoke about the worsening biodiversity situation and links between people's health and the ecosystem, especially as highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic, the presidential press service said.

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This year marks 50 years since Galdikas set up the first orangutan observation centre in Tanjung Puting National Park, on the Indonesian island of Borneo. She continues her conservation work to this day.

She recently gave a public lecture at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas and participated in a forum of the Lithuanian World Community.

Galdikas is also president of the Orangutan Foundation International, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat.

The foundation operates in the US, Australia, Indonesia and the UK, and is currently being set up in Lithuania.

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