WWF Flood Green Guide Virtual Training

BY EDM | 08 OCT 2020
World Wildlife Fund is offering a virtual training opportunity to learn about natural and nature-based flood management and risk reduction and how to use the Flood Green Guide.

World Wildlife Fund is offering a virtual training opportunity to learn about natural and nature-based flood management and risk reduction and how to use the Flood Green Guide.

The 10-hour online training opportunity will be offered in five sessions of two hours each. Topics addressed will include:

Training Team

Anita van Breda, Senior Director Environment and Disaster Management (EDM), WWF. Anita has over 20 years' experience in conservation and disaster management. In her current role she leads WWF's work supporting environmentally responsible disaster recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction including international policy, operations, and training.

Missaka Hettiarachchi, Senior Fellow, WWF. Missaka serves as lead trainer the of WWF's Flood Green Guide (FGG) training program. A civil and environmental engineer by training he holds a PhD in environmental planning and policy from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the James Cook University, Australia. Missaka has worked extensively in the disaster environment nexus in several countries including Sri Lanka, Maldives, Haiti, The Philippines and Nepal.


Luz Cervantes Valdivieso, WWF Program Officer. Prior to joining the EDM team, Luz served as senior project officer for the Science Based Targets initiative at CDP North America Inc. Luz holds a MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University as well as a MA/Bsc in Environmental Management from the Free University of Brussels.

Daniel Vernick, WWF Communications Associate. A graduate of Yale College, Daniel studied climate change in Bolivia, Morocco, and Vietnam, and wrote his senior essay on climate-induced displacement in the eastern Caribbean. Prior to joining the WWF EDM team, Daniel worked on global climate policy for the WWF International Climate Cooperation Program.

Pamela Cajilig is a design anthropologist with over 20 years of experience in qualitative research and consulting for the private sector, government, and civic society in Manila, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur; Pamela is a Global Fellow of the Center of Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Brown University.

Laddaporn Ruangpan (or Milk) is a water resources engineer, specialized in Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management. Currently, she is a PhD candidate advancing methods for evaluating of large-scale Nature Based Solutions Delft University of Technology.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Robert Jüpner, Professor Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Civil Engineering Faculty and head of the Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management Department.

Dr. Kyle McKay, Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), USA. His research focuses broadly on examining ecological effects of water resources infrastructure with applications related to stream and watershed restoration, fish passage improvement, environmental flow management, and sustainability policy.

Liz Miller, Professor in Communication Studies, Concordia University. Liz is interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns. She is the co-author of Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice.

Doug Parsons, Director and Host of America Adapts Podcast, Partner Cimpatico Studios. Doug is an expert in communications, media and climate adaptation.

Vipul Singh, Associate Professor and Environmental Historian, Department of History, University of Delhi, Delhi. He is an alumnus Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center, Munich. His major area of focus has been ecologically harsh zones of India, such as arid Western Rajasthan and flood plains of the Ganga, and the Indian Ocean world.

Upul Subasinghe, Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He holds a PhD in forestry from the University of Wales, UK and focuses on researching and teaching in forest and Forest Plantation Management, Forest Growth Modelling, Tree Biomass and Carbon Sequestration.

Additional guest speakers to be confirmed.

For information on future trainings, please contact [email protected].  

This training is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of WWF and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


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