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Leading biologist calls on big conservation to back PNG indigenous scientists

Leading biologist calls on big conservation to back PNG indigenous scientists

Updated 5 August 2014, 17:22 AEST

One of the world's leading experts on Papua New Guinea's tropical biology says big international environment organisations should focus on training local scientists in developing countries rather than trying to run conservation programs themselves.

Dr Andrew Mack has worked for a host of prestigious scientific institutions in the United States and for two of the world's largest environment groups.

In his somewhat cheekily named new book 'Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest' he recounts his experiences over two decades.

Dr Mack worked with world-class PNG biologists like Miriam Sapuma, Banak Gamui and Paul Ipas.

He told Jemima Garrett that international environment organisations need to make more effort to put locals in charge of conservation programs.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Dr Andrew Mack, Executive Director of the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance

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