Stéphane De Greef is a Belgium-born environmental engineer who has been living in Southeast Asia for more than a decade after working on almost every continent. He arrived in Cambodia in 2002 to map minefields and assist with demining. He then developed surveillance systems to locate and assist mine and ERW casualties in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Western Sahara. His work for non-profit organisations includes research on human rights, human trafficking, prostitution, domestic violence, disability, child protection, education and sustainable tourism.
A nature lover from his earliest days, Stéphane has been involved in mapping unchartered areas in Cambodia's national parks, taking part in biodiversity surveys and investigating illegal logging. He is an avid nature photographer, documenting all the bugs he comes across, many of them undescribed species. He is also a contributor to the global biodiversity project Meet Your Neighbours.
In 2012, his knowledge of cartography, landmines, and forest biology played a key role in the mapping and exploration of the ancient royal capital of Mahendraparvata, the cradle of the Khmer Empire. Equipped with a machete, GPS and maps he designed using airborne laser technology, he spent six months looking for evidence of an ancient civilisation, finding dozens of millennium-old temples swallowed by the jungle.
It is the mixture of ancient history, undescribed fauna and unchartered areas that kept Stéphane in Cambodia for more than a decade, as he's passionate about exploring the unknown. He stopped running nature discovery tours in Angkor in December 2016 and is now travelling across central America, conducting surveys of invertebrate species and nature photography.
Stéphane De Greef
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