Projects

Water Resources in Tanzania (2018-). In 2019, GfGD will fund an MSc thesis at Cranfield University to be conducted in Tanzania with The Eleanor Foundation. This thesis will evaluate an established water programme, examining its effectiveness and sustainability, and provide recommendations for future work. We will facilitate a round table meeting in the UK, exploring the results of this work and what else GfGD can do to help deliver SDG 6 (water and sanitation) in Tanzania.

Geoscience Textbooks. We have encouraged our membership to collect unused geoscience textbooks for redistribution to geological institutions in low-income countries. By the end of 2017, we have distributed 25 textbooks to the National Minerals Agency in Sierra Leone (via the British Geological Survey), 4 textbooks to university lecturers and students in Zambia, 2 textbooks to the Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers, and 5 textbooks to a college in Jammu and Kashmir, India. We will continue to collect and distribute books in 2018. This work supports SDGs 4 (quality education), 16 (strong institutions) and 17 (effective partnerships).

Strengthening Resilience to Volcanic Hazards in Guatemala (2014-). We have raised over £2100 since 2014 to help strengthen resilience to volcanic hazards in Guatemala, with a large proportion of this money raised by our University Group network. We are grateful to all those who completed or supported sponsored runs, cake sales, charity quizzes and other events. We’re currently working with partners to design a programme that uses these funds to best effect, with interviews conducted with key participants in Guatemala in 2018. Further progress will be made on this project in 2019. This work supports the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and SDGs 1 (end poverty), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 17 (effective partnerships). Read more

Hazards Education in the Himalayas (2013-14). In June 2014 a conference took place in Leh (Ladakh Region, India) with a focus on sustainable resource development in the Himalayas. The conference was organised by the Geological Society of London in collaboration with the Institute of Energy Research and Training at the University of Jammu, India and many other stakeholders. It examined a range of issues, including geohazards, access to clean water, energy resources and energy efficiency, and geotourism. At the core of sustainable resource development in the Himalaya region is the education and engagement of young people. Effective management of local resources will require geologists, engineers and environmental scientists with first-hand knowledge of the region. An important component of this project therefore, was a series of interactive educational students’ programme. We worked alongside other partners to develop and deliver teaching material on natural hazards, vulnerability and disasters to school children living in a region at high risk of multiple natural hazards. Our work focused primarily on landslides, with some work on earthquakes also undertaken. Our contribution to this project was used as an opportunity to engage and train young geoscientists from across our UK network. Read more.

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