The National Geographic Society funds an international community of Explorers — like Aristide — who are working to safeguard the world’s oceans for generations to come. AMMCO was created to address the severe declines in African manatee, cetacean, turtle and tortoise species that they were witnessing first hand across the African continent. Together with its advisors and partners, AMMCO was formed in order to focus effective and timely research, conservation, and educational outreach efforts.
The risks freshwater species face and the efforts underway to address their decline are covered in detail in this conversation. Led by Aristide and his fellow protectors of nature, we learn important lessons that all of us can apply to every part of nature around the world. In particular, the value of taking a highly localized approach to safeguarding nature and engaging – and truly listening to – people of all ages and backgrounds to create solutions that make real improvements in the health of nature and the lives of people.