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Event: Earthwatch lecture on role of volunteering in environmental conservation

Posted by Tom Watts at 11:19 on Wednesday 09 March 2011

Scientists from international environmental charity Earthwatch will be participating in a lecture explaining how modern technology together with dedicated volunteers are leading the way in environmental conservation.

The Lecture, titled Many hands, new knowledge: the value of citizen science will take place on Thursday, 17 March at the Royal Geographical Society, and will be hosted by BBC television presenter and Earthwatch ambassador Paul Rose.

Earthwatch's dolphin conservation in GreeceEarthwatch's dolphin conservation in GreeceOne of the speakers at the lecture, Marine scientist Dr William Megill from the University of Bath, will be discussing the positive impact Earthwatch volunteers have had on his research into grey whales and turtles in the north Pacific over the past decade. He will go on to explain how volunteers have made it possible to generate the high-quality data necessary in measuring conservation success.

Executive Vice-President of Earthwatch, Nigel Winser, said, “At Earthwatch we believe that engaging all areas of society in the tough environmental challenges that we face is the future. Protecting our planet for future generations is a huge and complex task. This is why motivating a worldwide taskforce of people dedicated to protecting our planet is crucial."

Earthwatch has already been supporting conservation field research for some 40 years and offers around 65 projects, all of which have one core aim - reaching a “better understanding of critical environmental issues in order to inform and influence conservation decisions.”

Greentraveller features all of Eathwatch’s conservation trips that are reachable by train from the UK, including a week of dolphin conservation in Greece and a fortnight of helping to protect the Jizera Mountains in the Czech Republic.

>See the full listing of Earthwatch conservation trips on greentraveller.

Many hands, new knowledge: the value of citizen science, takes place at 7pm on Thursday 17 March at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. For tickets visit www.earthwatch.org/europe, call +44 (0)1865 318856, or email events@earthwatch.org.uk.

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