Finnish postdoctoral researcher and fisherman Tero Mustonen wins Emerging River Professional Award
Pauline Jacob, OceanaGold Group Advisor (Environment and Community) presents the 2016 ERPA to Tero Mustonen at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in New Delhi
Tero is a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Eastern Finland and a professional fisher who works to incorporate traditional knowledge and science into monitoring and restoring watersheds in North Karelia, Finland.
Emerging River Professional Award
An initiative of the International RiverFoundation, the Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) recognises and fosters early career river professionals who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in the areas of rivers, basins, or river-dependent communities. Generously sponsored by OceanaGold Corporation, the ERPA is proudly managed by the International WaterCentre’s Alumni Network (IWCAN).
The award enables finalists to present their work in front of hundreds of global delegates at the International Riversymposium, held this year in New Delhi from 12-14 September, and also includes a cash prize for the winner. Tero was thrilled to receive his award at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in New Delhi, with Australian finalists Lee Garnett from Brisbane City Council and Jamie Ruprecht from the University of New South Wales.
Tero said that he was very proud of receiving the award and that the award was really for all three finalists.”I am very proud of it, and I am proud of the hundreds of ladies and fishermen in the villages who got their traditional knowledge recognised,” he said. “I am just a messenger of these people, who could not come here and say thank you.”
He plans to survey villages in the area to collection further traditional knowledge to incorporate into river restoration efforts. He will soon be meeting with stakeholders back in Finland to discuss his next steps.
For more information on the IWCAN visit: IWCAN.org