The systematic destruction of the Earth's natural and nature based resources has reached a point where the economic viability of economies is being challenged - and where the bill we hand to our children may prove impossible to pay.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP
Specialism: Asia, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs)
Remi started working for Both ENDS in 2002. Before that time he worked for various organisations and companies, after graduating in Physical Geography/Hydro(geo)logy. Among other things, he developed curricula for geographical information systems, and he worked on water management in Bangladesh.
At Both ENDS, Remi always scouts for potential partners in Asia and Africa, to support them with information and expertise. He is also responsible for the small grants fund De Koningsschool (the King's School), both nationally and internationally. Besides his work for Both ENDS, Remi researches so-called 'Glacial Lake Outburst Floods' or GLOFs. This subject substantially touches on the main themes of Both ENDS. The melting of snow and ice due to climate change in high mountains, for instance in the Himalayas, puts a lot of pressure on glacial lakes. When these overflow, this causes outburst floods and whole villages and agricultural lands can be swept away within minutes.
For the coming years, Remi hopes Both ENDS can continue strengthening local organisations and networks in developing countries to develop strategies to improve the human rights and gender situation and combat poverty.
In and around the rapidly growing cities of the Ganges Delta in India and Bangladesh, there is a serious threat of groundwater shortages. The Negotiated Approach is intended to offer a fair and sustainable solution.
Publication / 1 July 2016