Himalayas 2014: Our Role

Our role in this project involves a number of factors, as outlined below:
  • Representation on the conference organising committee (Joel Gill, GfGD Director and Rosalie Tostevin, GfGD Programme Officer - Himalayas) – inputting into decision making and conference planning. 
  • Co-leading and participating on the education sub-committee. 
  • Planning and delivering a key component of the student’s programme, using landslides to explore topics such as natural hazards, vulnerability and risk. This will involve a series of steps: 
    • The development of a range of informative, interactive and culturally appropriate activities for this topic. 
    • The development of an information booklet aimed at Indian school children, exploring the topic of natural hazards (focusing on landslides and the environment). 
    • The collation of lesson information, so teachers are able to replicate classes in future years. 
    • Delivery and teaching of material to students in June 2014. 
  • Contributing to wider public engagement, utilising information from the students’ programme to help develop a broader hazards communication strategy.
GfGD Expedition and Additional Work

In addition to our role in the conference and education programme, GfGD Director (Joel Gill) and Himalayas Programme Officer (Rosalie Tostevin) are planning a series of further research, education and community engagement work (funding pending). This research and engagement would aim to support and strengthen disaster risk reduction programmes through better understanding local community perceptions of natural hazards.

Why do we believe it is important to be involved in this project?

We are delighted to be involved in this project, as we firmly believe our involvement is in line with our overall organisational aim to support young geologists to make a long-term contribution to development. We recognise the huge opportunity that this project offers for us to: 
  1. Assist in the fight against global poverty by contributing to improved hazards awareness and education in a dynamic region of the world, with high levels of vulnerability. 
  2. Input into a prestigious and important international event, contributing to the project sustainability and positive legacy. Utilising our understanding of integrating geoscience with good community development practice. 
  3. Inspire and educate our members on core development principles, through utilising our blog and social media to relate our key principles of work to this project. 
  4. Provide our members with opportunities to develop important ‘soft-skills’ such as science and cross-cultural communication, and develop understanding of concepts such as vulnerability and community development. 
  5. Establish long-term partnerships with universities, schools and other ‘permanent’ institutions – to facilitate active partnerships and placement opportunities. 
In all stages of this work we will seek to engage students from our University Groups. It is envisaged that the project will open up a number of opportunities for student/recent graduate engagement and skills development.