On 24th November, 2021, The National Geographic Society (NGS) Jeju Hub launching ceremony was held at Jeju Science Park in Ro Korea. Established by the National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration-Asia (NGS-Asia), and in partnership with the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC), the Jeju Hub aims to foster next-generation global leaders in the field of natural environment, science and technology in Asia. Over 30 representatives of partner institutions of NGS including EAAFP Secretariat, and NatGeo Explorers attended the event. Ms. Vivian Fu- Communication Officer and Ms. Yoon Lee- External Relations Manager were invited to the special event on behalf of the EAAFP Secretariat.
The launching began with the wall unveiling ceremony. Mr. Jay Lee, Executive Director of National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration-Asia (NGS-Asia) gave a welcoming speech, followed by congratulatory speeches from honorable guests from NGS and its key collaborators, including Jeju Gotjawal Commons Foundation, YBM, Jeju Free International City Broadcasting System (JIBS), and Venture Philanthropy ‘C Program’.
Following was the introduction of sponsors and partner institutions of NGS-Asia, moderated by Ms. Chaeyeon Kim, researcher of NGS Jeju Hub. Together with seven representatives from JDC, for National Geographic Magazine, Disney Korea, Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), DongA Science, Marine Animal Research & Conservation (MARC), and Venture Philanthropy ‘C Program’, Ms. Yoon Lee, External Relations Manager of EAAFP Secretariat gave a presentation about EAAFP and its collaboration plan with NGS-Asia through the EAAFP Youth Think Tank Initiative.
Ms. Jaeha Ahn, Researcher of NGS Jeju Hub moderated the last session was National Geographic Explorer Announcement. A total of six NG Explorers from Ro Korea gave presentation of their adventures and exploration.
The next day 25th November, the EAAFP delegation visited the Jeju Nature Park, a local entity working on conservation and monitoring of wildlife, running nature education programs on the Jeju wildlife and traditional culture. The delegation had a meeting with Dr. Eun Mi Kim, the Director of the Park and visited Seongsanpo area, known as the Black-faced Spoonbill wintering site.