LAND ROVER is supplying an expedition team with a Discovery Sport to drive from Devon to Bir Tawil on the Egypt-Sudan border.
Dr Alasdair Pinkerton, of Royal Holloway University of London and Dr Noam Leshem of Durham University will drive 6,000 miles through 19 countries in the new Discovery Sport to investigate the geographical and political effects of ‘No Man’s Lands’ on modern day society.
Bir Tawil is a disputed territory on the Egypt-Sudan border and is often described as ‘the last truly unclaimed place on Earth’.
Findings from the expedition will be used to develop educational materials for secondary level geography students in the UK
‘No Man’s Lands’ describe pieces of un-owned or abandoned land, the cracks between uncertain international borders, or the disputed ground between opposing militaries. Many associate the term with war but Dr Alasdair Pinkerton and Dr Noam Leshem will use academic fieldwork to link together multiple No Man’s Lands through the expedition and document the lives of those still affected by these challenging spaces.
Dt Alasdair Pinkerton, expedition co-leader said: “This is an extraordinarily ambitious project that goes way beyond standard academic research – 6,000 miles, 19 countries, a demilitarised Buffer Zone and the world’s last truly unclaimed territory, all in little under six weeks. The support and expeditionary expertise of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has been absolutely crucial in the formulation of the expedition, while the training and the Discovery Sport provided by Land Rover will allow us to negotiate some of the most challenging environments and terrains anywhere in Europe and North Africa.”
Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Global Experiential Marketing Director said: “Land Rover is proud to be supporting this ambitious expedition. Our long-standing relationship with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) stems from our shared desire to explore and go beyond; this project exemplifies this aspiration, by travelling to some of the most inaccessible areas across Europe and the Middle-East.”
The recent addition of Land Rover’s innovative Ingenium diesel engine in to the Discovery Sport delivers impressive torque and power outputs, reduced CO2 emissions and enhanced fuel economy.
Just the job for a 6,000 mile expedition to a No Man’s Land.