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Project Conservation’s mission is to conserve the world’s ecosystems and wildlife by supporting ongoing conservation research. Through the production of scientific media publications, Project Conservation seeks to spread public awareness and promote environmental education worldwide.
Vision for the Future
We seek to bridge the gap between scientific publications and the general public. As we share this earth and rely on natural resources to sustain our well being; we believe it is important for the general public to be aware of published work, receive accurate information and also to highlight researchers working hard to conserve ecosystems worldwide. We seek to inspire you through media publications to become involved with the world around you and strive to support conservation.
We believe by showing the importance of conservation in an honest and palatable way we can work to spread awareness and make a step forward for conservation.
Goal and Strategies
Project Conservation’s goal is to spread awareness through publications and work on human dimension conservation research. We propose to raise funds for Masters and Doctorate level research as well as sponsor established biologists. Additionally, our goal is to travel to research locations and film educational short films and documentaries, highlighting ecological research. These films will be used to educate on a local and international scale, and present scientific material in a palatable fashion to educate the general public. Possible funds received from media publications will cycle back into our organization to cover expenses, promote our nonprofit and support additional research. We intend to raise funds not only through media publications, but also through charitable donations, online donations, and local fundraising.
How we got started
During our time at the University of Minnesota (U of M) in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department, Sam, Paul and Emily assisted and conducted research on acidity and the affects on jellyfish; human-wildlife conflict in and around Chitwan National Park; and tiger conservation in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. While working and studying at the U of M Paul, Sam and Emily all noticed that although most of our problems stem from human related activities most published papers are only available in elite, expensive journals and filled with jargon and stats. This alarming issue inhibits conservation biology to move forward, and without bridging this gap how can we make a change? Watching wildlife documentaries and TV series we often find uninformative and dishonest information. Oftentimes the gap falls between the filmmaker and the scientist. Understanding these challenges, we wanted to change the game, bringing informative information to the public and also encompass not only the simple biology of an animal, but the importance of ecosystem services, show the hard work researchers are doing and how we rely on natural resources and ecosystems to survive.
Through these media publications not only do we strive to inform the public, but also facilitate fundraising for ongoing conservation work that is already established around the world. Instead of being a top-down organization and going into an area with our own set of goals we collaborate to spread awareness, raise attention and make a change on conservation issues we face today.