The Bank is full of hot passion. Indeed we are expected to fight passionately in our work, and for a small group of us recently the subject of that passion has been tigers. Passion in the World Bank makes for noisy meetings, adrenalin and angst.
Priests and vicars have long demonstrated a penchant for biodiversity. There have been missionaries in remote places who have built up and preserved beautiful collections of butterflies, plants etc. which eventually found their way into the great natural history museums of the world. The Rev. Gilbert White (1720-93) was the classic 18th century English clergyman-naturalist.
|Arrived at Ban Navang! Arlyne and Tony with some of the villagers who were working on the wildlife monitoring.|
Feb. 8, 2007* - Second day of transect for us and third for the team. Arlyne and I joined a different group today, while Tony and Jim joined our group from yesterday.
|Mr. Xaypanya signals on the map where we went that day while Tony and Arlyne, on the left, and Jim and I, on the right, watch.|
I'm a wildlife biologist. I'm among the very few lucky World Bank staff to get paid to climb up mountains, go down caves, trek through forests, meet remote forest inhabitants, and to argue the conservation case with senior government officials. But how does this fascinating work translate into Bank projects?
|Making a stop on the way to Camp 6 to have lunch. My favorite was the meng da geo, a gel-like substance in which to dip the rice, except this one was made of crushed, dry insects.|
Jim, Buaseng and Lakhon making their way across the forest.