Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Application deadline: Expired
Languages required: English
Duration of contract: 3 months
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have limited options for developing their freshwater resources and are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. There is a high level of human dependency on groundwater in these states. Over the last decades, there has been a significant effort in developing a sustainable level of capacity in Pacific SIDS to monitor and assess the status and trend of the water resources. These efforts aimed at providing water-related information and hazard warnings needed to support social, economic and infrastructural development and environmental protection. However, despite the high dependency on groundwater in SIDS, there is a lack of baseline groundwater assessments in SIDS and the priority need for establishing basic sustainable yields, monitoring of abstraction, and the development of basic governance structures to support these resources (SOPAC, 2010; Allen et al, 2014; TWAP, 2015).
In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with 169 associated targets. The new goals and targets will come into effect on 1 January 2016 and will guide the decisions of UN organisations and member states over the next 15 years. This study will focus on Pacific SIDS and will investigate how targets 6.3 – 6.6 of the SDG 6 ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all‘ can be assessed and monitored in the context of SIDS.
The project consists of a multi-disciplinary assessment on current state and future challenges of groundwater resources in Pacific SIDS. The scope of the project activities includes:
- Analysis of data collected on Pacific SIDS within the Transboundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP)
- Analysis of proposed indicators of SDG 6 in the context of SIDS.
- Identify knowledge gaps on groundwater resources development in Pacific SIDS
Terms and conditions
You should be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) within the EU at the time of application and during the internship. Fluency in oral and written English is required as English is the working language at IGRAC. The intern is responsible for his own health insurance.
The internship will be carried out at IGRAC Office (Delft, the Netherlands). Internships are based on a working week of 40 hours per week. The internship is for a period of minimum two months to a maximum of six months.
Applications, including CV, should be sent to IGRAC by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.