Weʼre raising £2,600 to Help me join a conservation expedition to Borneo in 2019.
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Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is an organisation that runs a series of biological and conservation management res earch that operate in remote locations across the world.
The expeditions they offer are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind. Through doing their research Opwall has discovered 30 new vertebrate species and rediscovered 4 ‘extinct’ species. The large survey teams of scientists and volunteers are funded independently of normal academic sources and have enabled large temporal and spatial biodiversity and socioeconomic datasets to be produced, and provide crucial information to help with organising effective conservation management programmes.
As volunteers, students have to pay to join the expedition and this is how the unique programme is funded and how the research is made possible. The groups of students are required to collect data for at least part of their expedition which helps the research objectives and publications for that site.
The expedition I will be going on is to Borneo (Opwall on their Borneo expedition) in the summer of 2019. One of the primary aims for research here is to find ways to protect Borneo’s Lesan rainforests which in just the last 40 years have been reduced by 30% owing to felling for palm oil plantations. There needs to be research into the local fauna but there also needs to be a standardised monitoring protocol established that can identify any changes in key taxa over time. The government are also hoping to make their forests a location for tourists to experience the wildlife of Borneo so an objective of this expedition is to create a photographic guide to the wildlife of the Lesan rainforests.
During the second week I shall be at the Derawan Dive Resort (Derawan Dive Resort) on Derawan Island. Here I will be completing the Indo Pacific reef ecology course. These are some of the most biologically rich waters in the world with over 460 types of coral and nearly 1000 types of fish but also rare breeds of turtles. Many of the species in our oceans are endangered such as the Green Turtle and centres like Derawan are vital in helping to protect these amazings animals. I have a very strong interest in the conservation of our waters and marine life so this will be an amazing opportunity to do my part for our oceans which desperately need our help.
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May 30, 2018
Good luck zulieka , once in a life time opportunity ... lots of love .. Xx
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I am a sixth form student and I have always wanted to partake in a volunteering expedition. Now I finally can and I get to do something I love.
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