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Joel Gill and Geology for Global Development in India

Posted on 30/06/2014
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In his capacity as Founding Director of Geology for Global Development (GfGD) , Joel Gill (King's Geography PhD student) has been sitting on the organising committee of a major international conference, that took place in Leh (India) in June.

The focus of this event was 'Sustainable Resource Development in the Himalayas'. The conference (24-26 June) was organised by the Geological Society of London, in collaboration with the University of Jammu, India and many other stakeholders. The conference will examined a range of issues, including geohazards, water resources, geotourism and renewable energy. During the event, Joel presented a poster on his PhD research - aiming to better understand, characterise and visualise natural hazard interactions - many of which are relevant to the Himalaya region.

Joel, who established GfGD in 2011, is also co-chaired the students' programme sub-committee. This aspect of the conference gathered (i) 70 school students in Leh, from 7 local schools before the conference and (ii) 100 students in Nyoma and Puga after the conference, may of whom come from nomadic communities. The latter two schools were accessed via an incredible 400 km round trip along the Indus River, through the Himalaya mountains. During these education programmes a series of dynamic and interactive lessons were delivered to students on key topics of climate change, natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, landslides, and earthquakes. Joel contributed to the teaching natural hazards and disaster risk reduction, and co-authored an information booklet to give to students.

It is hoped that this conference and associated student's programme will result in a strengthening of hazards education and preparedness in the region. For more information please visit the Geological Society of London's information page. You can also get live updates on the GfGD blog and social media.


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