Building capacity in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of countries that share similar sustainable development challenges. Such challenges include growing populations, susceptibility to natural disasters and fragile environments. SIDS countries are also more increasingly suffering from water related issues mostly due to climate change, with some islands even facing disappearance because of sea level rise.
Alumni award winner 2017 Arie Setiadi Moerwanto about his career
The 2017 IHE Delft Alumni Award has been presented to Dr. Arie Setiadi Moerwanto. Currently the Director General of Highway Engineering at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Indonesia, he is the first alumnus from Asia to receive this award. Dr. Moerwanto started his career with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Indonesia in 1986. Since then he has held numerous influential positions at the Ministry that demonstrate a record of professionalism, ingenuity and a commitment to progress for his country.
LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR IWRM
WaterNet is a Southern African network of university departments, research and training institutes designed to build capacity in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Born of a consortium which included IHE Delft, WaterNet is currently formally recognized by the 15 Heads of State of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) as its subsidiary institution for capacity development for water resources management. To date, almost 500 students (42% women) and around 50 PhDs have graduated from the WaterNet programme, with 95% of alumni currently working in Southern and East Africa.
DROUGHT FORECASTING IN AFRICA
Drought is considered a natural hazard with a very large impact on people and the environment and is one of the largest water related disasters in Africa. For the DEWFORA project which was completed last year, IHE Delft as part of a large consortium developed a framework for monitoring, predicting, timely warning and responding to droughts applicable within the institutional context of African countries. Micha Werner, Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering, Shreedhar Maskey, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources and IHE Delft alumna Patricia Trambauer elaborate on the ins and outs of drought forecasting in Africa.
FROM UNLIVABLE TO LIVABLE: IMPROVING THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT OF ASIAN CITIES
The first phase of the MARE Asia project has concluded and phase two is about to begin. ‘Learning and action alliances’ have been set up in three cities in Indonesia in order to reach the goal of improving overall livability for people in cities by getting to understand urban water cycle challenges and going for ‘city-greening’. MARE Asia falls under the CDTA Green Cities programme of the Asian Development Bank. Assela Pathirana, Associate Professor of Integrated Urban Water Cycle Management at IHE Delft and project leader of MARE Asia shares his experiences.