In line with its Environmental Sustainability Policy, Rhodes University strives to promote opportunities, initiatives and measures to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem functioning, and reduce the university’s ecological footprint. 

Grounds and Gardens has over the years actioned indigenous plantings across campus.

What is Biodiversity?

Biological diversity refers to the variety of life. We could be speaking about a small area like a patch of forest or a stream, or a wider area such as a mountain range or river catchment, or South Africa, or the continent, or the entire planet.

Value of Biodiversity

Biodiversity supports life, health and wellness:

  • It is the basis of all ecosystem services - producing life-giving oxygen, water, and food

  • It is a source of materials used in trade and industry

  • It is a source of medical cures

  • It provides resilience in the face of climate change and environmental disruptions

  • It serves as a genetic 'insurance policy'

  • Its beauty inspires great music and creativity.

This we know:
All things are connected
Like the blood
Which unites one family.
Whatever befalls the earth
Befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life:
He is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
He does to himself.
- Ted Perry, 1972, Home. [Incorrectly attributed to Chief Seattle (1854) as his speech about the sanctity of the land and the need for careful stewardship of it.]

Take Action

Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)


Last Modified: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:34:13 SAST