The Amazon Security Agenda (ASA) & Nexus Dialogue

One of my most interesting consultancy jobs in Brazil was a short contract for the Global Canopy Programme (GCP). I participated in a scoping study on the connection and interdependence (the ‘nexus’, as it is also called) of water, energy and food security in Latin America. I focused on Brazil, in which these interdependencies became utterly clear over the last year. A lack of rainfall in the south caused water crises in the area of São Paulo, the economical heart of Brazil. This had a major impact on the food and energy industry, as 80% of the country’s electricity is generated by hydro power dams. And what actually caused this lack of rainfall? Suddenly the attention for deforestation of the Amazon and global warming rose, and the connections between water, energy and food security became clear to a people that were generally used to see these as isolated issues. This video below is a great illustration of the nexus concept.

Through a desk-based stakeholder mapping and in-depth interviews with a range of stakeholders across government, civil society, academia, and the private sector, we got more insight in the key challenges, trade-offs and opportunities in this space. I found it very interesting to speak to the different Brazilian stakeholders, each of them told me about their experience on the subject, their projects and vision, they all spoke with a lot of passion. The results were used in two parallel initiatives:

  1. The Amazonia Security Agenda (ASA) , a collaboration between FFLA and GCP that seeks to provide support to the governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as they explore opportunities for public policies that strengthen water security and the nexus of water, food and energy across Amazonia. <to website> 
  2. Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions, a global initiative convened by IUCN and IWA on nexus dialogues that is defining a new framework to understand the interconnections between water, energy and food security.  <to website> 

The latter resulted in a publication in April 2015, “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean”, by IWA and IUCN. Click here for the Report [PDF]

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“Anne is able to apply her scientific background in an efficient and effective way to practical issues. She gets things done – Bart Harman, Chairman & Chief entrepreneur NOTS Enterprises

“…I had the honour and pleasure of working with Anne while I was the Country Manager at NOTS. I use the word honour because Anne is among the smarter people I have met. In addition to her smarts, she is energetic, can think strategically and is not at all afraid to roll her sleeves up and work hard. From field project work to desk based detailed analysis, anything you throw at Anne comes back with positive results. The pleasure part comes from her amazing personality, ready smile, contagious laughter, delightful singing and from watching her tear up a dance floor. A stellar example of someone combining both intellectual and emotional intelligence.” – Marc Maisonneuve, Director NOTS Mali

“…Anne is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated people I know. She was committed to bring across the museum’s message to young audiences in an exciting way, always using imagination and passion for biology as important principles.(…) Passionate and trustworthy – Robin van Westen, Project developer Utrecht University Museum

“…did a great job, especially given time constraints” – Helen Bellfield, Project Manager Global Canopy Programme

” Tive uma experiência com Anne para adequar um projeto dentro de critérios de qualidade exigidos pelo cliente e chamou a atenção o compromisso, a eficiência e produtividade em honrar com prazo e qualidade” — translation ENG : — “I worked with Anne on the development of a project with set quality criteria by the client and I was struck by her commitment, efficiency and productivity to honor the deadline and quality standard – Hugo Diogo, Socio-Director Soluções em Meio Ambiente (SOMA)

My Projects & Events

 

The Amazon Security Agenda (ASA) & Nexus Dialogue

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One of my most interesting consultancy jobs in Brazil was a short contract for the Global Canopy Programme (GCP). I participated in a scoping study on the connection and interdependence (the ‘nexus’, as it is also called) between water, energy and food security in Latin America. I focused on Brazil, in which these interdependencies became utterly clear over the last year. A lack of rainfall in the south caused water crises in the area of São Paulo, the economical heart of Brazil. This had a major impact on the food and energy industry, as 80% of the country’s electricity is generated by hydro power dams..  < Read More> 

 

Increasing charcoal production sustainability in Mali

In many developing countries charcoal is the prime energy source for cooking and heating. The global production of wood charcoal is estimated at 50 million metric tonnes, with an annual growth rate of about 2%. Africa accounts for over 60% of this production. I worked for the entrepreneurial development organisation NOTS as Project Manager on the development of a business model for Sustainable Charcoal and Agroforestry. The business model consists of two main pillars: (I) efficient charcoal ovens (retorts) for increasing efficiency of production; these retorts require only 3 kg of wood for 1 kg of charcoal instead of…. < Read More> 

 

Exploring the world leading nature hiking trips

I guide trips for SNP since the summer of 2011. SNP Nature Travel is the biggest Dutch tour operator that is specialised in activity based tourism all over the world. In 25 years they have developed over 300 group trips and 700 FIT packages – with activities ranging from walking, hiking, cycling, wildlife, bird watching, Arctic adventures, desert tours, cultural tours, to landscape photography courses. I don’t guide full-time for SNP, but when I have time; after my studies, during holidays, in between jobs. I have traveled a lot and never seem to get tired of experiencing new cultures and environments…. <Read More >

 

Business meets Biodiversity Conference 2012

How can companies successfully integrate the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity into their business models? This was the central question at the international conference ‘Business Meets Biodiversity’ held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on June 27th 2012. The organizing committee, consisting of the Copernicus Institute of Utrecht University in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Hivos, Rabobank Group, WWF-NL and Tropenbos International, brought together a unique showcase of international frontrunner companies and experts to demonstrate the potential of business…. < Read More >

 

Key success factors of mangrove rehabilitation projects in The Gambia

Less than 50 years ago, mangroves covered three million hectares of the West‐African coast. Due to human impact, less than one million hectares is left nowadays. In an attempt to
restore the mangrove forests, Wetlands International (WI) started replanting projects in 2008 in two villages in The Gambia. Together with Stefan van Meijeren, I conducted my master internship for WI in Wageningen (NL) and The Gambia. The aim of the study was to evaluate the mangrove replanting projects projects and to find the pitfalls and key success factors that determine mangrove replanting success in The Gambia…. < Read More >

 

Growth response to logging of Peltogyne cf.heterophylla in Bolivia

Logging activity, even when done sustainable  can cause considerable damage to the tropical forest canopy and soil. During my Master studies, I conducted a 10-month research internship in which I determined the growth response of the tropical tree species Peltogyne cf.heterophylla  juveniles to logging. 94 Trees were sampled in the Bolivian Amazon by taking cross-section discs and increment cores. Through tree ring analysis, growth data were obtained and release events could be distinguished. Results show a very strong relationship of both the release response and the release history with the tree diameter. You can read more about findings of the research in the report When a big neighbour falls; A study on the growth response of juvenile Peltogyne trees to selective logging in a Bolivian rainforest, by A.M. Sandbrink. 2009. <Download Report [PDF]>

Results contributed to the publication of the article Diameter Growth of Juvenile Trees After Gap Formation in a Bolivian Rainforest: Responses Are Strongly Species-Specific and Size-Dependent, by Soliz-Gamboa, C.C., Sandbrink, A.M., and P.A. Zuidema. 2012. Biotropica. 44(3):312-320 < Download Publication [PDF] >