Alcoa Huntly duo to take part in climate change study in Andorra

Alcoa Huntly mine manager Affonso Bizon with Earthwatch Fellow Erika Branski.
Alcoa Huntly mine manager Affonso Bizon with Earthwatch Fellow Erika Branski.

TWO Peel residents will undertake the trip of a lifetime later this year working on a climate change research project in the Pyrenees in Andorra.

Erika Branski from Dwellingup and Pau Dwyer from Mandurah are among eight Alcoa employees from around the world selected to take part in the week-long experimental expedition.

The expedition is a partnership between the Earthwatch Institute and the Alcoa Foundation.

Climate change has already started to alter the landscape of Andorra, a tiny independent principality between France and Spain.

During the expedition in September, the Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows will work alongside professional scientists to collect data that contributes to a research project identifying the key species in the local ecosystem and how they are changing.

Their research will help scientists and local organisations better manage the already fragile environment of the Pyrenees and ease the impacts of climate change.

The Fellows will also learn about how critical environmental issues relate to their life and about Alcoa’s approach to sustainability.

They will create a sustainability plan to share their knowledge and experiences from the expedition with their Alcoa colleagues and local communities on their return.

Ms Branski works on the blast crew at Alcoa’s Huntly bauxite mine.

Mr Dwyer is a stores and emergency response co-ordinator at Alcoa’s Willowdale mine.

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