For students interested in knowing more about real-world sustainable development projects, the following are a few examples in Haiti.
Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) are leading the Earth Institute’s seismic response to the recent earthquake in Haiti. Earth Institute scientists are developing reports, creating maps, coordinating research and compiling datasets being used in relief efforts by the United Nations, Haitian government, and other international organizations for short- and long-term reconstruction planning.
There are two student internship openings associated with this project.
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) are collaborating with Columbia’s Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, the Columbia Water Center, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and other national and international institutions on an environmental restoration project in Haiti. The goal is the formation of a Haitian organization in charge of the implementation of the project. The role of CRED is to supply direct input for the development of a concept note and strategic plan based on an initial baseline study conducted by CIESIN.
The year-old project’s goal is to create the initiative’s communication strategy at local, national and international levels through raising environmental awareness, tailored education campaigns and research on decision making in the face of environmental, social and economic uncertainty. CRED will also support the research and design of the structure and responsibilities of a local watershed management committee. The overall aim is to guide a national movement of collective action and behavioral change toward sustainable ecosystem management through an integrated development project at the watershed scale
There is a student internship opening associated with this project.
Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program
School of International and Public Affairs
Center for International Earth Science Information Network
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The Access Project seeks to improve the health of impoverished people, communities and countries. The Access model applies business and management skills to public health systems in poor countries to increase access to life-saving drugs and critical health services.