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Palawan, continues the scientific mission

The mainly scientific expedition to Puerto Princesa Underground River continues. In two weeks we have finished placing all the instruments for monitoring and measuring.

Probably at the end of this project this will be one of the most studied caves in the world as well as one of the most complicated to understand by the environmental and biological point of view.

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First week in Palawan

It passed the first week of expedition to the Puerto Princesa Underground River. A very busy week, sometimes too. Thousand things to do and time is always too short.

The first few days, in addition to having arranged logistic, we have done the preparatory course for the guides of the tourist part of the cave. 20 between park rangers and guides who now have the instruments to properly present this wonder to the 300,000 tourists who annually come here.

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Support for sustainable eco-tourism in Puerto Princesa Underground River - Project 2016-2017

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the largest subterranean estuaries of the world, where tides propagates over 5 km inside. The cave, consisting of over 30 km of giant galleries, hosts an extremely complex ecosystem based on the huge colonies of bats and swallows. Its natural singularity was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1999, while the first part of its navigable branch was transformed into a show cave since 1982.  A peculiarity of this cave is that, even been visited by more than 300.000 people/year, no fixed structures at all have been installed inside PPUR, which therefore should be still considered a totally pristine cave.

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The forty years of the Rolex Award for Enterprise: caving and exploring on the front line

Ended in the evening of November 15 the event organized by Rolex in Los Angeles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rolex Award for Enterprise. Since 1976, Rolex has honored exceptional people who possess the conviction and ideas required to significantly contribute to improving the world. Over the years this program has received more than 33,000 applications from 190 countries around the world and awards the prize to 140 innovators, from 24 to 74 years of age.

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Cenote 2016

Also this year we had a 4 day camp in the heart of the Natural Park of Fanes Senes Braies to continue with the monitoring and research into the abyss Cenote, a cave that inside hides a real paleoclimatic archive of the Dolomites.

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