National Geographic, Alibaba To Offer Grants For Conservation In China
April 26, 2012
With support from the Alibaba Group, the National Geographic Society has announced a new fund for air and water conservation in China.
AsianScientist (Apr. 26, 2012) – The National Geographic Society has announced the expansion of its Global Exploration Fund to Asia with the newly established National Geographic Air and Water Conservation Fund.
With support from founding partner Alibaba Group, the largest e-commerce company in China, the program is designed to encourage Chinese efforts in solving problems confronting the country’s water and air resources.
Grants ranging from US$20,000 to $50,000 will be given to on-the-ground projects at the cutting edge of research, technology and conservation, including those that investigate risky or unproven approaches. The fund is open to resident citizens of mainland China doing work in the country.
“This partnership with Alibaba Group will enable National Geographic to continue to work toward its goal of extending grants to deserving scientists and conservationists throughout the world,” said Terry Garcia, executive vice president for Mission Programs at National Geographic.
The Air and Water Conservation Fund is part of National Geographic’s Global Exploration Fund, a global initiative launched last year in Sweden to expand its support of scientists and explorers at the regional level.
A scientific advisory board currently composed of five renowned Chinese experts will review grant applications and help raise awareness of the fund within the scientific and conservation communities.
“Alibaba Group encourages our customers, partners and employees to take action toward a cleaner environment, especially when it comes to clean water and better air,” said Susan Jin, managing director of corporate social responsibility, Alibaba Group.
“The National Geographic Society has a long history of facilitating impactful projects worldwide, and we are happy to be supporting such meaningful work in China,” Jin added.
Additional information about the new Global Exploration Fund and how to apply for a grant is available at www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/gef/china/.
Source: National Geographic Society.
Photo: Michael S. Yamashita/National Geographic Society.
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