GWP Steering Committee Members Share Water Stories

The GWP Steering Committee met at the global GWP secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11-13 June to discuss GWP's new strategy, governance reform, and knowledge and learning. The Committee acts as a Board of Directors and meets twice a year. While here, a few members shared stories on where they’ve seen water resources management work well for development.

Mathias Fonteh is Professor of Water Resource Management and the Director of the College of Technology at the University of Bamenda in Cameroon. He is a founding member of GWP in Central Africa and the founding chair of GWP Cameroon. He shares an example on how collecting water from rocks and constructing a reservoir in the semi-arid areas of Cameroon helped a community survive the dry season.

Dr. Fredericka Deare has a Ph.D. in Soil Science and is an Environmental Consultant with over 20 years experience working as a specialist in the small island states of the Caribbean. She was a long-serving member of the GWP Caribbean Steering Committee, and her story is about how GWP Caribbean developed a model for rainwater harvesting that has proved successful in a number of ways.

Ms. Asli Duale is the Chair of GWP Somalia and she has also gained experience and knowledge in GWP's work and vision as a member in the executive committee of GWP Somalia, of which she is one of the founders. Additionally, she is the founding Chair of WEAVE – Women Education and Voicing Entrepreneurship – a Somali NGO set up in 2008 in Mogadishu. She describes the situation in her country and the work they’ve done so far – but says there is still much to do.

Ms. Mina Guli is founder and CEO of Thirst, an organisational initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Prior to this, she had a 15-year successful career as a world leader in climate change, including cofounding Peony Capital – a company that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate their impact on the environment. She is an ultra-distance athlete and recently completed a quest to run 100 marathons in 100 days, all for water.

Top photo: The Steering Committee in Stockholm on 13 June 2019.