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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Discover National Geographic Emerging Explorers

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Last December I wrote a post on Shafqat Hussain, the snow leopard warrior. He has set up a preservation program in his native Pakistan to preserve this endangered species and he has been able to involve the local population into an ecotouristic project, which has drastically limited poaching.

He is one of the ten National Geographic emerging explorers. Here is an extract of the press release:"

Ten visionary, young trailblazers from around the world — including an epidemiologist, an aquatic ecologist, a geo-archaeologist, an ethnobotanist and an urban planner — have been named to the 2009 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers.

The Emerging Explorers each receive a $10,000 award to assist with research and to aid further exploration. PNY Technologies is a presenting sponsor of the Emerging Explorers Program and a National Geographic Mission Partner for Exploration & Adventure. The program is made possible in part by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, which has supported the program since its inception in 2004.

The new Emerging Explorers are introduced in the February 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine."

Check out the National Geographic Website Emerging Explorer section and discover other dedicated people that work hard to protect the environment.

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