Category: Stories

Change of Plans

We wake up early to buckets of rain pouring onto the skylight. In Belgium there is a saying: sa drache; it’s bucketing. We manage to leave the house at a more reasonable hour, and poke our heads into yet more police activity in the little square where …

Not a Great Day for Democracy

Belgium has the oldest compulsory voting system in the world, and goes to great lengths to enforce it. Matthias received a ballot and voting instructions all the way in the States for the election that was held here on Sunday (we voted last week, and i…

Welcome Home

Beinvenue à la maison doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Another one of those untranslatable things. There’s a massive canvas of the Brooklyn Bridge in our Brussels apartment. There are Burton and all manner of other snowboard/skateboard/surfing w…

Kimberly Aiken: Arctic Research in Germany

Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) German Arctic officePotsdam, Germany22 July – 20 September, 2019 Kimberly will collect information about international laws and agreements applicable for the Arctic and summarize them in a fact sheet. If possible, she will use graphical tools (e.g. ArcGIS) to illustrate the factsheet. Besides this main task, she will help with the […]

Richard Castillo: WWF Environmental and Social Safeguards

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)Washington, D.C.June 3 to August 9, 2019 Environmental and Social Safeguards are an integral component of international development projects. WWF is committed to ensuring that its projects not only avoid (or minimize) adverse environmental and social impacts, but also enhance positive impacts to the maximum extent possible. The Safeguards team under the […]

Abi Ferrazzini: Assessing the Blue Economy of Kenya and Tanzania

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and European Institute of Marine Studies (IUEM)Université de Bretagne Occidentale/IUEM Brest, FranceMay 27 – August 16, 2019 The Center for the Blue Economy and the Nicholas Institute of Duke University are conducting a study of the “blue economy,” the contributions of the oceans and coastlines to the economy, and the need […]

Zoe Gapayao: Behavior Change Research for Sustainable Fisheries

Environmental Defense FundSan Francisco, CAJune 10-mid August, 2019 Zoe will research the development of behavior change interventions in areas like the Philippines, Chile and Cuba. She will focus on topics such as sustainable aquaculture, indebtedness in unsustainable fishing behavior, and the failure of the National Stock Assessment Plan of the Philippines. About EDF: Environmental Defense […]

Hahnbin Lee: California Coastal Commission

California Coastal Commission (CCC), South Coast District OfficeLong Beach, CAMay 27 to August 23, 2019 Hahnbin will develop a summary of past Commission actions on items within the South Coast District related to specific coastal resource topics including, climate change, wetlands, mitigation of fill of coastal waters, and parking requirements. About CCC: The California Coastal […]

Ella McDougall: Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for Coastal Communities and Watersheds

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research ReserveImperial Beach, CAJune 18-August 25, 2019 This summer, Ella will spend 66% of her time working with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve developing sea level rise adaptation strategies for coastal watersheds. She will gain knowledge about watershed ecosystem-based management and green-to-gray approaches to adaptation. She will also offer […]

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