Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The Lost World Project Filiming Complete!

The Lost World Project - Filming Complete...

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to each of the participants of The Lost World Project who have been an absolute inspiration in terms of how they went about fundraising to get a place on the expedition to Mount Roraima - I've met the group as a whole on two occasions and can honestly say that I've never met a nicer bunch of people, all thoroughly deserving their place on the trip to Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Lost World'. Simply put, without the groups fundraising we would not have been able to complete The Lost World Project.

This was the first time that anything like this has ever been attempted and it looks as though we might have actually discovered a total of four new species (certainly two!), which is an incredible achievement and just goes to show the overall importance of The Lost World Project - if four new species can be discovered in just a four week expedition imagine how many other species remain undiscovered, how many new plants, insects and mammals might be on the base or summit of one of the plateaus that make up the Guiana Highlands.

When expedition leader, Stewart McPherson, returns to the UK I will make sure he puts up a much more detailed description of what we have found during the expedition and will use this blog to keep you informed of our progress - after all, The Lost World Project, does not just stop at making a documentary but will really look to raise the importance of protecting and safeguarding the world's most spectacular natural wonders, such as Mount Roraima.

So what next? Obviously there is the short measure of having to get The Lost World Film produced and find a broadcaster who will show the film on national television, but The Lost World Project isn't just about the film - instead we are wanting to highlight the conservation needs of Mount Roraima and the Guiana Highlands and to promote sustainable and regulated tourism.

We are in the process of preparing a report that we will submit to the United Nations about the initiative, which will be before the Year of Biodiversity comes to an end (so 31st December 2010) - we are getting input from some of the world's leading figures in this area and fingers crossed it will land on the right persons desk! Obviously we are still looking for support and if you would like to get involved in the initiative you still can by visiting - every donation gets us closer to our goal of raising £750,000 via the initiative.

Thanks for reading the blog and I will make sure we have a lot of new pictures from the expedition on the next one!


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