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WE&Bs’ review mirror: 2019

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As we wrap up another year at WE&B it’s a great time to reflect on some of the personal and professional achievements reached throughout 2019. We also reflect on the year with some relevant projects where, in our little way, we look to make the world a bit more sustainable, liveable and circular. 

WE&B is all about its team and this year has been particularly extraordinary. Montse Gomarizcompeted at the 18th FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju(South Korea). Through intense training and dedication, she achieved GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE in 200m, 100m, and 50m butterfly respectively. We are extremely proud to have such a fantastic person and a true champion working with us. Well done Montse! 

 

In May we were fortunate to bring Mathias Brummerinto our team. With his expertise in Ecology, ecosystem services, social and spatial analysis, he has slotted in like he has been with us for years. He is a remarkable young consultant that has a bright future in bringing positive change to environmental practices. From January 2020 he is with the WE&B team full time which will massively benefit our clients and the communities on which we impact.

Towards the start of the year, we took on Julia Jaqueas an intern who after her time with us, travelled across Latin America promoting her book and collecting stories about her experiences, no doubt she will be connected to WE&B again in the future.

When looking at the projects undertaken in 2019, we are privileged to be working with amazing partners and clients where we can achieve real measurable impact. The following is an update on the work carried out in those projects. 

  • WE&B together with the AfriAlliance Project partners set up 10 Action Groups(Communities of Practice) across Africa to deal with water and climate issues. They address specific, demand-driven issues with innovative approaches and knowledge co-creation in the field of water and climate. They consist of diversified sets of participants, including both European and African members in each group. Action Group leaders are from Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, the Netherlands and the UK.
  • Together with the project coordinators (Beta Tech Center (UVic)) of the project Interreg MED Green Growth Community, we produced and presented White Papers on circular economy in the Mediterranean for policy recommendations of the four thematic Working Groups: 1) resource efficiency; 2) sustainable production and consumption; 3) waste prevention and management; and 4) competitiveness and innovation. 
  • Dry Stone Wall Management
  • Water ditches and semi-permanent ponds
  • Soil Fertility and soil biodiversity
  • Governance practices

We assessed the hazards using the CHW for each country including a number of potential mitigation measures together with GlobalCAD, Meteosim, and WASCAL. Our partners GlobalCAD, were on hand to present the final results in a regional workshop held in Dakar in November 2019. Following the analysis and implementation of the CHW, we devised the following set of recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1: Name a national coordinator (preferably WACOM National Antenna), who will be responsible for the CHW implementation and interaction with other related stakeholders 
  • Recommendation 2: Create a scientific committee or Coastal Hazard Wheel committee in order to coordinate the further implementation of the method.  
  • Recommendation 3: Organize in-person training at national and/or regional level in order to ensure the mappings and identification of management options can be performed at the national level 
  • Recommendation 4: Realize a CHW risk mapping at step 2 and/or step 3 
  • Recommendation 5: Ensure alignment between the CHW mapping and the SDLAO in order to ensure socio-economic aspects are taken into account
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The CAD Team presenting the Coastal Hazard Wheel Project in Dakar.
  • We have also been working on making the building sector more circular through the projects HOUSEFULand RUN4LIFE. The following video that WE&B helped to create, gives an idea of how circularity in the building sector can be achieved:
https://youtu.be/nmYGQ-UrU4U

Projects or contracts that we closed in 2019

Projects that we won in 2019

  • Market Opportunities on Key Circular Economy Sectors in Mexico – Contracted to IDOM financed by the European Commission
  • The H2020 project: REsilient WAter Innovation for a Smart Economy – REWAISE – European Commission
  • Links Between Agricultural Practices and Biodiversity in Mediterranean Landscapes –IUCN

FROM WE&B WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A MORE CIRCULAR AND SUSTAINABLE 2020!

 

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