International Development student gets project funding from the United Nations

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tomm in front of an Earth Sciences buildingThe United Nations has accepted a US $1 million proposal that International Development student Tomm Mandryk submitted, which involves funding a project on environmental protection, sustainable natural resource use, promotion of livelihoods, and the removal of invasive alien species (flora and fauna) in Maun, Botswana. 

For the past three months, as part of his eight-month work placement for the International Development program, Tomm has been living in Maun, interning as the sector coordinator for the Conservation and Livelihoods sector at the Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NCONGO)
 
NCONGO was established in 2008 after NGOs in the northwest district realised the need for an overarching body to provide support and assistance to NGOs in the region. NCONGO's main roles are to provide training, networking opportunities, financial assistance, coordination, and technical advice to its member organisations.
 
Tomm has been working on a range of activities, including project design, stakeholder consultation, and advising on the uptake of community-based natural resource management.
 
As a result of the proposal's acceptance, Tomm was offered a full-time job to remain with NCONGO to oversee the implementation of this large macro project. However, he is planning to return to Canada to pursue a graduate degree.
 
In the meantime, Tomm has also started researching with the Okavanago Research Institute at the University of Botswana's Maun campus. This work is mainly out in the field, researching indicator species and correlating them to the health of the surrounding environment. 
 
Great work, Tomm!
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