2011 International Earthwatch Expedition Guide Launched At Melbourne Aquarium

2011 International Earthwatch Expedition Guide Launched At Melbourne Aquarium

Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

Minister Celebrates 40 Years Of Earthwatch Conservation Research

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith launched the 2011 International Earthwatch Expedition Guide today at the Melbourne Aquarium during celebrations of the organisation’s 40th anniversary.

“Since 1971, more than 96,000 volunteers have contributed millions of hours to scientific research projects around the globe.” Mr. Smith said.

“Earthwatch’s research portfolio addressing ocean conservation, climate change, ecosystem management and preservation of cultural heritage includes a robust program specifically for teachers, students and teenagers.” Mr. Smith said.

“Volunteers help scientists by conducting biodiversity surveys, surveying animals at night with a spotlight, deploying cameras to identify and determine the population of animals, radio tracking animals and many other research tasks that involve collecting and recording data.”

Launching this year’s expedition’s guide Mr Smith said Earthwatch now had more than 60 research missions to choose from in Australia and across the globe providing rare access to unique areas of the world.

“Through these expeditions, people not only observe, but they take part in and contribute to the scientific research for the preservation of animals and their habitats.” Mr. Smith said.

“This creates a unique right of environmental passage which many participants regard as a life time experience.”

The Earthwatch programme allows people to take a privileged peek behind some of the world’s most remote scientific endeavours, and advance scientific research to protect the environment and World Heritage sites.

“The projects are diverse and include finding new species in the Great Dividing Range, Cheetah Conservation in Namibia, and preserving Koala country in the Victorian Otway Ranges.” Mr. Smith said.

Earthwatch was recently named as one of 26 charities selected by Prince William and Kate Middleton to receive donations in lieu of wedding gifts for the royal couple’s wedding in April.