So that you do not have to drudge through the 11 pages of the official Partners-ECPA Fellows Quarterly Report, here’s a quick summary of how we reported back to the State Department this first quarter of 2013:
Ana Barros visited Peru for the fifth time in the middle of March to work on water management, risk in high mountain ecosystems, and climate change adaptation strategies. She met with Peru's National Water Authority (ANA), National Meteorological and Hydrology Service (SENAMHI), National Center for Disaster Analysis and Prevention (CENEPRED), the Ministry of Agriculture, and local NGOs during her field visits.
Jeff Soule traveled to Trinidad and Tobago linking physical and cultural heritage with sustainability and presented his preliminary findings at the Caribbean Urban Forum. Jeff also visited Suriname to study urbanization in Paramaribo, a World Heritage Site, and presented on "Modernity,Heritage and City Planning: Creating Communities of Lasting Value."
To continue their important work, our ECPA Fellows have made strategic connections with universities throughout the Americas. Fellow Janaki Alavalapati connected Virginia Tech University with the University of Belize to conduct the first Forest Management course in Belize in March. Fellow Suresh Garimella connected Purdue University with the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine to develop a solar energy demonstration site in Trinidad and Tobago in January. Dr. Garimella also sent a Purdue University colleague, Professor David Janes, to Costa Rica during the second week of April to further assist with his nanotechnology projects.
Our Fellows continue to grow important linkages between non-profit organizations across borders. Following his trip to Peru in October of 2012, Fellow Frank Lowenstein has strengthened ties between the Nature Conservancy, the C40 Cities Group, and the Lima Water Fund. Fellow Dan Kammen has played a critical role in connecting our ECPA program with Fulbright NEXUS. Both scholarly programs seek to find sustainable solutions to many of the environmental challenges facing the Americas.
Last but not least we want to recognize Fellow Frank Lowenstein for his fundraising efforts towards building a fresh water adaptation project in the Chilean Southern Andes. In addition to many smaller contributions, he can already brag a $250,000 contribution!
A big thank you to all the Fellows for their hard work, this would not have been possible without them! Keep an eye out for more blogs on the successes of our wonderful ECPA Fellows.