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East Timor: The Jungles and Snakes of Asia's Newest Country

Prof Hinrich Kaiser
Thursday, 15 Jun 2023
Complimentary Drinks from 6:45 pm; Talk at 7:30 pm
KPMG, 8/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central

Sandwiched between Australia and Indonesia, East Timor, its resilient people and its environment have emerged from a terrible past.  East Timor fought a 25-year independence struggle, which devastated infrastructure and led to troops permanently in the streets.

East Timor: The Jungles and Snakes of Asia's Newest Country Mark O'Shea

However, his exciting talk covers the other sides of East Timor, its largely unexplored rainforests and its unique jungle environments.  Into this setting, Hinrich Kaiser and Mark O’Shea’s intrepid research team set foot in 2021-2, equipped with blowpipes and snake sticks. 
Their objective was to learn which of nature’s treasures had endured the conflict and took with them the courage to attempt to make a difference to East Timor’s future.
The team, which also included Timorese, German and American researchers, delved into mostly virgin, uncharted tropical forests.  They discovered new species, savoured cultural encounters and built educational opportunities in this, the first new sovereign state of the 21st century.

Professor Hinrich Kaiser is from Canada and was educated at McGill University, from which he holds a PhD.  He is Professor of Biology at Victor Valley College, California.  He is one the world most distinguished experts on snakes and an expert on East Timor.  He is also Executive Vice President at Globalfood Networks and President of T2T Global Consulting Group, where he designed a strategy for allowing East Timor to diversify its oil-based economy.

Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including the drinks reception.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to
KPMG as the Venue Sponsor of this talk

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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