Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith
Topic: Water for sustainable development and peace in Sudan
Brad Smith has more than twenty years of experience in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating international environment and conservation programs, projects and campaigns....
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Posted on 29/08/2016 06:01:09
I have been following some of UNEP IWRM initiatives in Sudan. for example the Wadi Alko project. are you planning for any wide sharing of experience events in the coming future to spread the knowledge and the lesson learned from the specific project? any success stories been documented so far that can prove the practicality of the IWRM approach in Sudan?

in the other hand I am very interested to learn about UNEP Sudan efforts' on the area of water resources management strategies and water policy?

Sahnon Abass (from Sudan)
Hi Sahnon

Great that Sudanese are following UNEP's work in Sudan, especially the Wadi el Ku project which is aiming to implement effective bottom-up approaches where communities are involved in the decision making around their water resources.

As this project draws to a close in 2017, we will be hosting a series of conferences and workshop events to showcase best practice learnings, as well as developing a set of published toolkits and short videos on issues such as community driven planning, improving local relationships around natural resources, appropriate water infrastructure for wadis, community forestry improvements etc. Much of this material will be published on our website: and promoted on our FB page: By tracking these two sources, you should also find more information on your other two questions.


Posted on 28/08/2016 23:31:56
Dear Mr. Smith,

thank you for this unique opportunity.
As a graduate student in mechanical engineering that strives to work on the SDGs I am wondering:

What do you need from young engineers today?
How can we effectively shape a sustainable future?
Do you think it is best to enter any random company and try to have an impact on the outside by changing its insides or is it more effective to work for organisations like the UNEP, that - as I see it - provides change acting from outside an organisation (e.g. a country) ?

Also: the saying with the 2 liters of water a day is a myth, right?

Thank you for your time,
Best regards from Rome
Matteo Micheli (from Italy)
Hi Matteo

You pose a complex series of questions with no easy answers, as it really depends on you as an individual. My advice is to find the issues that grab your interest and challenge you. If you discover what drives you, you can do anything, anywhere in the world. I have switched careers several times, between NGOs, private sector and the UN, across four continents, but always on the environment-people interface, just from different angles. Each job has been challenging and rewarding, and the small incremental changes achieved in what I believe to be the right direction towards a sustainable future are what keeps me engaged.
As for how much water you need to drink in a day (2litres or not), well that varies depending on what else you eat and drink, how active you are, and what climate you live in.


Posted on 28/08/2016 21:34:02
Dear Dr. Smith,
Many thank for providing this communication platform,
As Sudan one of the cases that face the challenge of (water for sustainable development and peace) and and there is of great need having a generation of good experiance and knowledge, does the UNEP have any activities for capacity building and public awareness in the issues of water and sustainable development? Even if for institutions ?

Best Regards
Roaa Mekki
Water Research Centre - University of Khartoum
Roaa Mekki (from Sudan)
Hi Roaa

Under previous projects, UNEP has had several capacity building and awareness raising events on a whole variety of thematic areas. Currently, we are in the process of developing a new DFID-funded project called ADAPT in Sudan, which will have some focus on raising public awareness on climate change impacts and adaptation solutions for the Sudan context, a platform for youth engagement, and a capacity building element on water, especially focussed on catchment-based IWRM approaches with academic institutions. We'll launch some of these through our FB page over the coming year, so follow us there:


Posted on 27/08/2016 11:48:47
Dear Dr. Smith:

What kind of support National Productivity Council of India ( can get from UNEP for setting up Center of Excellence on Water in India. Or is there any international body that we can contact?

K D Bhardwaj
Director - Environment
K D Bhardwaj (from India)

Sounds like an interesting initiative. Try contacting our UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP), as they manage the regional partnerships UNEP has in India.

Tel: +662 288 2314
Fax: +66-2-2803829

Otherwise UNESCO also support regional centres of excellence on water in some countries.


Posted on 26/08/2016 08:52:36
hi am Elizabeth am interested with the work you are doing .so my question is do you work hand in hand with microbiologists?

thanks in advance.
ELIZABETH ng'ang'a (from Kenya)
Hi Elizabeth

UNEP in Sudan does not directly work with microbiologists. But we sometimes partner with WHO on projects, and their experts, including microbiologists, take care of the water quality issues through mobile lab testing and simple testing kits. Also UNICEF through their WASH sector humanitarian interventions, do water quality testing and work with microbiologists, particularly in areas where livestock and human drinking water comes from the same source (open wells, hand pumps).