IWC students undertake Thailand field trip
The students spent 10 days in a remote village in Northeast Thailand near the Mekong River from 26 November to 5 December 2011.The trip is part of the elective module Capacity Building and Community Development for IWM, taught by Monash University’s Dr Bruce Missingham.
They lived with local families and participated in everyday activities such as harvesting rice, cooking, fishing or making fish nets. Dr Missingham said the trip was a great way for students to learn firsthand about water resources development, environmental change and social conflict and discussed these issues with the village people, NGO workers and government offices.
Masters student Abdulhamid Adamu of Nigeria said he found the Thailand field trip insightful and beneficial.
“Staying with host families in the village, allowed locals to share with us the impact of water on their lives and livelihoods,” Mr Adamu said.”
“I learnt so many things during the field trip particularly how the women of the village were leading local movements to address big issues such as the effects of dam structures on their livelihoods.” Mr Adamu is one of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry’s water project managers in charge of small-town water projects in two Nigerian states.