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September 15, 2010
"Rivers in Demand:
Three years of exploratory kayaking
through biodiversity hotspots"
by Kyle Dickman
The Rivers in Demand project has taken
professional kayaker and journalist Kyle Dickman from the Congo River to
the Rio Roosevelt in Brazil. The project, now it its third year, is
designed to use whitewater kayaking and media to raise awareness to
threats to biodiversity hotspots. Kyle's presentation will take a broad
stroke on Rivers in Demand, explaining its purpose, its history and a
few favorite adventures. A few examples: using a kayak to measure the
Congo as the deepest river in the world (850 feet deep), dodging
crocodiles in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, and kayaking the last
descent of a section of China's Yangtze River.
Running a waterfall in
Papua New Guinea.
Kyle Dickman is a writer, photographer,
and producer for the Epicocity Project. His work has been
published by Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, and he's a
regular contributor at Canoe & Kayak.
A small tributary of
the Congo River.
Many of these projects were collaborations
with the National Geographic Society and interested attendees are
encouraged to read up on the Epicocity Project. Here are a few
links for your enjoyment:
Science and Survival,
Descending into the Unknown in
Papua New Guinea, and
Evolution in the Deepest River in the World.