Earthwatch Institute is committed to supporting scientists from developing countries, where access to field grants is limited and very little government money is available to researchers. Through its financial support and encouragement of local capacity development, Earthwatch also provides the "seed" for future research opportunities in these countries. In addition, Earthwatch provides exposure and communication channels to a group of scientists whose lack of resources often prevents dissemination of their valuable research. As always, we are primarily interested in researchers that involve local communities and host country nationals in their projects.
During FY07 34% of our researchers were from developing countries. Their research represented a variety of disciplines and regions, such as Vu Van Lien's project Butterflies of Vietnam and Josef Krecek's project Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic.
Volunteers in the field collecting water samples on Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic, led by Principal Investigator Josef Krecek.
Photo © Tim Hall, Earthwatch Europe