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8 environmental stewards win $900,000 in biodiversity awards

s in the Philippines. There she seeks to strengthen local understanding of and commitment to Philippine biodiversity. Ingle has observed that Filipinos may be more familiar with diversity in the Amazon or Africa (from watching nature programs on television) than that in their own country. She has sought to cure that deficiency in a variety of ways. She plans to use the great bulk of her award to reward others with "Filipino Conservationist Awards," that would that would assist persons "who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to conservation at the local level."

Hubert Geraux, a French citizen who works in New Caledonia, where he coordinates projects for the World Wildlife Fund. The French overseas territory is recognized as one of Earth's "biodiversity hotspots," but uncertainties remain about how to best protect it. Those uncertainties are partly based on the dual cultures of New Caledonia--native Melanesians and Europeans. Geraux has begun to forge relationships between the communities involved. He has written: "I am personally convinced that the future success of conservation initiatives must be built on supporting these communities so that they can reformulate the cultural links with the environment with respect to the current and future aspirations and way of life."


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