PAPUGA NEW GUINEA – National Geographic is reporting on social media internships in Papua new Guinea as part of a national outreach initiative to showcase the impact of science and technology on our communities.
The company, which specializes in conservation and science-based tourism, has been recruiting social media interns for three years in the Papua New Guineas.
They’ll be in Papua, on board the expedition of a team led by Dr. Brian J. Linn, a professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and working with local researchers to study how the island nation’s wildlife and vegetation can be exploited through remote sensing.
The internships are part of an initiative launched by National Geographic and the National Geographic Society to expand the science-driven tourism industry in PapuaNewGuineas and bring awareness of the conservation benefits of tourism and scientific research to the island.
The program also has a partnership with the Australian National University, which is conducting field research at a remote site in Papua.”PNG is an amazing place,” says National Geographic’s senior vice president and general manager of media and digital communications, Jim DeStefano.
“We want to bring that knowledge and experience into the country.”
He says they’re hoping to reach out to local communities to better understand their cultural heritage and how they’re benefiting from tourism.
“They have these incredible sites and places where we want to go, so it’s very important to us to understand what the locals want to do,” he says.
The interns are assigned to one of three locations in Papua: the island of Bambara, the National Park of Papua and the island’s largest freshwater spring.
The National Park and the Bambaraya spring are the only sites in PNG that have been successfully surveyed for conservation purposes, according to DeStefi, who says the survey is ongoing.
“There’s a lot of biodiversity here.
We are trying to take the opportunity to really understand what’s happening and what we’re doing, and what the people are really doing, to understand how they are doing,” he explains.”
You’re looking at the big picture, and you’re going to find there’s a great deal of biodiversity in these areas.
And that’s why we want the interns to be involved.”
The project was launched as part in the National Parks & Marine National Trust’s “Greenlands” campaign.
In the past three years, National Geographic has been traveling to Papua to collect data on the island, which lies along the Pacific coastline and sits at the epicenter of the Bornean Sea.
“It’s a beautiful place.
We have this beautiful landscape, we have this great ecosystem.
We’re a very diverse country,” says DeStefa.
“And so, you know, we want our people to be aware of all of that.
And we want them to have the information that they need to make informed decisions about their own lives.”
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