REZA ALI (2016)
WATER SECURITY COURSE FRAMEWORK
After a 22 year career as a Canadian Army Officer, Reza Ali Chaudhry decided to retire from the Canadian Forces and pursue his desire to further study community development and relationship building. Upon his military retirement in 2015, Ali commenced on a personal growth journey consisting of various graduate certificates and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo. His military deployments to Kosovo and Afghanistan contributed to his passion to better understand peacebuilding and social relationships. Armed with an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration, Ali has certified in change management, process refinement, mediation and negotiation during his relaxing retirement. In addition to expanding his education, Ali is developing a college level Alternate Dispute Resolution course that he will teach in 2017. An active community volunteer, Ali has worked with various municipal committees regarding refugee assistance, social development and community arts programs. Currently a graduate student, Ali is focusing on conflict transformation and community development with a view to assist with improving relationships between Canada’s government and Indigenous communities. Returning to his hometown of Hamilton, Ali has joined the UNU-INWEH program to develop the Water Security Course framework.
MARINE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Originally from Germany, Alexandra is a Master student in Biology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Within her studies she focuses on the track Science, Management and Innovation, where students can apply their science-based background to a policy or business question. For her Master graduation project, she joined the UNU-INWEH to deepen the link between her interests in water, environment and management. Within UNU-INWEH, she is associated with the Water and Ecosystems Program. Her research is about fishery and tourism influences on declining fish stocks and fish habitats in the Province of Inhambane, in Mozambique. The outcomes will include a set of ecologically sound guidelines for a sustainable use of these marine resources. It is expected that these guidelines can be of value in other regions with similar influences and can be up-scaled to enhance sustainable use of marine ecosystem services worldwide.
WETLANDS FOR POLLUTION ABATEMENT
Shona is a water and wastewater treatment process engineer from Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in French and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Adelaide. She went on to study a Masters of Engineering Science in water and wastewater engineering at the University of New South Wales, for which her research component focused on the water quality impacts of extreme weather events. Since graduating from her Masters, Shona has been working for Sydney Water on a number of projects in energy efficiency and energy recovery from wastewater, climate change adaptation, supply chain risk management, water and wastewater treatment process improvement and treatment facilities planning. Shona joined the UNU-INWEH internship program to contribute to research on wetlands for pollution abatement. Shona’s research will draw on the Australian experience of constructed wetlands and their role in creating water sensitive cities. The outcomes will be presented in a book outlining the need for wetlands and examples of the benefits of natural and constructed wetlands around the world.
TRANSBOUNDARY WATER MANAGEMENT
Catherine's responsibilities were presenting a global and regional overview of existing transboundary water management institutions, and using case studies, gray literature and social science theory to generate recommendations for improved governance in the context of climate change, increased climate variability and ecosystem degradation.
Oluwabusola’s responsibilities include the examination of three key aspects of wastewater management (production, treatment, and use). Her tasks involve data collection and synthesis of country-level data (such as its economic indicators), data gathering on specific wastewater parameters, and analysis of relevant institutional wastewater management policies.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Katherine performed a comprehensive literature review of publications/studies/reports/analyses of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) studies at the country level in preparation for a country-focused SDG study.
MARKETING & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Natasha led in the design and implementation of an infographics social media marketing campaign for UNU-INWEH projects and publications. The results were showcased on the UNU-INWEH website and their social media accounts as a means to visually demonstrate the Institute’s efforts to aid in eradicating the global water crisis.
WATER-HEALTH NEXUS & DRYLAND ECOSYSTEMS
Ben undertook a political economy analysis of rural development policies that promoted the provision of sanitation practices and alternative livelihoods in Uganda. The results were presented as a social network map of stakeholders involved in policymaking for successful and effective policy design and implementation.
Marsha's main task was to develop content for a new unit in UNU-INWEH's mangrove distance course: Management and Restoration Tools for Mangrove Ecosystems. Shortly after her internship, Marsha was employed as a Landscape Assessment Officer with the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) division of Environment Canada.
During her internship with UNU-INWEH, Laura developed a global database of social susceptibility indicators to dengue infection for use in a global water-associated disease index (WADI) that combined spatial, climatic, demographic, and social data to visually map global vulnerability to water-associated disease. She also co-conducted a sensitivity analysis on global social susceptibility measures to determine susceptibility index robustness and the impact of missing data and variable substitutions on index outcomes. Finally, Laura drafted a report for publication on global WADI vulnerability assessment outcomes for dengue.
At UNU-INWEH, Stephanie assisted with the development of business management plans for three marine protected areas (MPAs) in Jamaica. Part of her internship involved travel to Jamaica to conduct initial visits to all 3 MPA sites (Montego Bay, Negril and Portland Bight) for community–stakeholder consultations and to present progress to date. Also, to connect with key people from the Jamaican National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA). This work is part of a larger project, Increasing the Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems in Jamaica, which aims to assist with adaptation to climate change and contribute to sustainable development of Jamaica by increasing the resilience of vulnerable areas.
At UNU-INWEH, Nikki assisted with the development of course content for a distance based education programme on mangrove ecosystems and biodiversity. This education programme is designed to build expertise in mangrove ecosystems and management in management agencies and other entities with management responsibility for coastal waters in developing countries.
DRYLANDS & WATER-HEALTH NEXUS
Investigated agricultural practices and benefits of drip irrigation in Burkina Faso; became familiar with Burkinabe’s health networks and rural clinic; performed cost benefit analysis to evaluate the return on investment of interventions in the sanitation, health and agricultural sector (as guided by MDGS 1,4,5 and though indirectly; performed sensitivity analysis to determine the robustness of the conclusions obtained from the cost benefit analysis; performed above tasks for Kisumu, Kenya Research and writing to submit findings to a peer reviewed journal.
FRESHWATER & COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS
Freshwater: Acted as Interim Managing Editor for the GEF funded IW:Science project in the development of two special issue journals on transboundary water management. Outcomes included writing and editing editorial journal propositions, special issue proposals, call for submission documents, and other communications. She also liaised with international journals to see which would be most suitable for IW:Science’s needs, and guided the proposal through to acceptance. Coastal Ecosystems: Acted as writing/editorial intern. Major outcomes included the creation and editing of informational graphs, researching funding opportunities, editorial assistance on an article concerning MPAs, writing and editorial assistance for other Coastal projects and communications, editing a course unit on economic valuation of mangroves, acting as the lead author for a unit on Blue Carbon for the online mangrove biodiversity training course, and editing and writing other unit sections on mangrove definitions and distribution.
COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS & GECHH
Lucie assisted in writing and editing documents for the GECHH 2011 Symposium "Global Environmental Change and Human Health: Healthy Forests for Life" (19-21 September 2011). She also coordinated a Special Issue of the ESSP Journal COSUST, as follow up to the GECHH 2010 Symposium and co-edited the abstract book for the GECHH 2011 Symposium. Additionally, Lucie assisted in the development of a (online) curriculum for a tropical coastal environment post-graduate level course, organized the Persistent organic pollution data for the White grunt fish in the Caribbean (2009-2010 data), and helped in searching references and editing an article on the contamination in the white grunt fish in the Caribbean.
Gigil assisted in the coordination of the plenary session for the GECHH 2010 Symposium, wrote the summary report on IAI for GECHH, wrote a report on junior employment/volunteer opportunities within the UN system, and completed the first draft on "The Response of Slum Communities to Flooding in Mumbai, India" for academic journal submission.
Ibrahima researched and analyzed local governance approaches in sustainable management of water resources, which included Health and Sanitation (covering more than 64 papers and articles). He also identified models of appropriate approaches and conceptual frameworks for intervention areas in arid and semi -arid regions. Additionally, wrote an article on an alternative approach comparing the conceptual framework of Baguineda, Mali to that of the Hunshandake Sandland, China.
Brett researched indices of vulnerability and resiliency with regard to water-related diseases such as schistosomiosis, dengue fever, malaria, and cholera.
Karthik collected and complied information on the economics of land degradation and climate change adaptation strategies. He also reviewed and updated policy materials related to natural resources, livelihoods, and poverty-environmental linkages in drylands.
Gemma grew up in and around water where Lake Ontario turns into the Saint Lawrence. Her professional interest in water policy was sparked on an undergraduate exchange to East Africa. She completed her Master’s in Water Science, Policy and Management in the UK and focused her research on Ontario’s source water protection process.
Krista wrote two papers on the topics of (1) adaptation to climate change and disaster mitigation and (2) microfinance as a tool for access to safe and clean drinking water. She also assisted with the organization of diplomatic events and conferences and gained specific training and experience with minute taking during diplomatic meetings.