Gustavo Maranes’ Diary
Tidal Forests of Kenya

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July 23, 2009: Ready for a life-changing experience

Gustavo_Maranes My name is Gustavo Marañés, I am Spanish and work as Government Affairs Manager in the EU Affairs Office of Alcoa in Brussels. This office closely follows the activities of all EU institutions, anticipating and responding to EU proposed legislation and seeking to secure the best possible outcome for Alcoa. To my surprise, on 19 March 2009 I got the following message from Earthwatch and Alcoa: "Congratulations! You have been selected to be a 2009 Alcoa Earthwatch Fellow...With the commitment to action of employees such as you, Alcoa will truly be part of the solution when it comes to climate change and environmental issues facing our planet." And here I am now, packing my luggage to go to Kenya and join the "Tidal Forests of Kenya" Earthwatch expedition. Volunteers in this project will be involved in mangrove planting, measuring biological and physical variables and analyzing data. So I will be helping to maintain and restore a vital ecosystem and thus helping people who rely directly on natural resources. And I will be doing this by working with the local community in a peaceful Kenyan village. As an Earthwatch volunteer, I will have the great opportunity to make a small contribution to our world while having a life-changing experience.

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