Thursday, 7 February 2013

Allocations (Part2) The Environmental PM's

The Project Manager’s (PM’s) are still out on their initial project sites and having a great time putting plans together with the locals. When they last checked in with us this morning via the radio we were pleased to hear that many groups had been sharing a meal or two with their new neighbours, meeting village officials or playing sports with the children and are all getting very excited about the forthcoming projects.

As I mentioned yesterday, today I will be revealing the PM’s for the three environmental phases and also including a few random facts about each of them to give you a little introduction. As each expedition is broken into three phases, some of the PM’s may have already been mentioned in the community allocations yesterday so don’t be confused if you see their name twice – there are only 26 of them.

Alpha 4 is a camp construction in the remote Danum Valley. This is an area of primary rainforest and we have been working with the rangers there for over 20 years on various projects to help protect the many unique species of flora and forna that live within it. The PM’s for this expedition's project will be Michael, Sarah M, Kate, Barry, Rachel and Kat.

Kat, Michael, Sarah M, Kate, Barry and Rachel

  • Michael secretly loves musicals, rock climbing, salt and vinegar crisps and his hero is Ranulph Fiennes.
  • Sarah M – AKA Major – loves drinking Clipper tea, eating lime pickle on cheddar and anything rugby orientated. Despite temperatures currently being in the 30s out here, Sarah’s luxury item on this trip is her woolly hat.
  • Kate considers the Casio calculator watch to be hands down the best invention in her lifetime. She would like the ability to read minds or to sing as she considers it a super power.
  • Barry is on his second Raleigh project and doesn't embarrass easily – or at least he forgets things fast. He loves his kindle and has brought it with him and if stuck on a desert island it’s all he would need – along with a solar charger.
  • Rachel loves Britain’s Got Talent, her hero is Stephen Fry and her luxury item on this trip is her hair moose (curly hair). She wants to see the world, particularly South America, New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands to name a few.

Alpha 5 is the Imbak Canyon suspension bridge build. This is another area of primary rainforest that Raleigh are lucky enough to work within and we are eager to help achieve better access to the area for researchers and scientists to enable the continuation of their important work there. The PM’s for this project will be Nat, John, Connor, Ali, Sarah J and Refat.

Connor, Sarah J, Nat, Refat, John and Ali

  • Nat adores Haribo and her hero is JK Rowling for giving the world Harry Potter. Her favourite country in is Egypt and she is proud to say she has been inside the pyramids.
  • Ali loves cheesy 70’s disco tunes! Her hero is Bob Dylan, Borneo is her dream travel destination – she is literally living the dream – and organising a green festival in Manchester to promote sustainability is her greatest far.
  • Sarah J – AKA Jacks since coming to Borneo – is heading to the Philippines after the expedition but in the meantime would like to have night vision so she could see her way to the long drop – our jungle training left quite an impression on her. 
  • Refat’s greatest achievement is becoming a Doctor and climbing Kilimanjaro. She loves deserts and Michael Jackson is her hero.

Alpha 6 is a bio-diversity survey in Pitas and this project offers the opportunity for groups to work closely with an Environmental Conservation Specialist to make a plan for better management and therefore better conservation of the area. The PM’s for this project will be Bec, Ian, Harriet, Refat, Kate, Fred and Xenia.

Harriet, Ian, Bec, Refat, Kate, Fred and Xenia

Bec, Ian, Refat, Kate and Xenia have already been mentioned on other projects but...
  • Fred would need a satellite phone if he was stuck on a desert island; he loves trampolining and would like to learn telekinesis. No Diggity by Blackstreet would be the soundtrack to a movie montage of his life. 
  • Harriet’s guilty pleasure is Stargate Atlantis and her greatest achievement so far was being a Games Maker in the London 2012 Olympics. She loves tennis and Raffa Nadal.

Tomorrow I will be revealing the PM's for the adventure phases and telling you some interesting facts about Kris - our last outstanding PM. In the meantime, don't forget to flick through our last few blog entries for more information about our sustainable projects here in Borneo, our fantastic team and what we have been getting up to in the run up to Expedition 13C.

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