- Program Director
- National Geographic Society Air and Water Conservation Fund
- Award Year
Wen Bo is a Scientific Committee member of the National Geographic Air and Water Conservation Fund in China. Wen’s Pew fellowship project was aimed at reducing the poaching and illegal trade of endangered marine species in East Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea); strengthening the institutional capacity of marine conservation nongovernmental organizations in China; and fostering a network of marine conservation groups throughout East Asia. The project focused on select endangered species, including spotted seals, various seabird species, sea turtles, coral species, sharks, and salmon. He conducted surveys and investigations on the poaching and trade of the highlighted species and compiled reports on current threats and trade status. To raise awareness, he published and distributed media reports and developed campaign strategies to promote governmental measures, policy changes, and consumer actions to reduce stress on these endangered species. Additionally, Wen supported and fostered the creation of new marine conservation grassroots groups in China by building a network community of East Asia marine conservation groups and training young conservation activists to become full-time NGO marine conservationists. To learn more about Wen, visit his bio online: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/gef/china/wen-bo.