Speaker: Marc Overmars, UNICEF Pacific Regional WASH Specialist & Cluster Coordinator
Topic: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Pacific - Building Community Resilience
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It’s estimated that just half of the total population of the Pacific Island Countries has access to improved sources of drinking-water or basic sanitation. Sustainable water supplies and safe sanitation are critical to their survival, but increasing urbanisation, natural disasters and climate change are proving to be formidable challenges in meeting these basic human needs.
CID is pleased to host Marc Overmars, Regional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist from UNICEF Pacific, who will speak about current water and sanitation issues in the Pacific and UNICEF's work programme and approach, with a focus on the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu. Marc will also cover UNICEF's role on WASH in emergencies and child vulnerability, climate adaptation and WASH.
Marc has a Bachelor's and Engineering degree in Tropical Land and Water Management and a Master's degree in Hydrogeology from the Netherlands. He has worked as an international environmental consultant in the Netherlands, and as an associate expert in UNESCO’s hydrological programme in South East Asia and the Pacific. At the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Marc led a team water and sanitation specialists in the planning and delivery of a regional water and sanitation programme for the Pacific. He also worked for as Climate Change Specialist at the South Pacific Subregional Office of the Asian Development Bank before joining the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), where he is Regional WASH Specialist rand WASH Cluster Coordinator in times of emergencies based in the agency’s Suva office.
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