Evaluating International Environment and Development Interventions
February 14 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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Date: 14th February, 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Venue: AC 01 TR 101
Abstract: Dr. Anand’s talk will focus on the evaluation of international environment and development interventions designed to address land degradation, for biodiversity conservation and combating illegal wildlife trade. He will briefly talk about the role and relevance of multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, and the World Bank in conservation and development. He will then discuss the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches and mixed- methods both for understanding the complex environmental problems as well as for evaluating the interventions designed to address them. Further, he will elaborate on the use of geospatial and other methods for assessing these international projects and programs. The talk will wrap up with a discussion/Q&A session on opportunities for students to engage with this sector.
Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Anand joined the GEFIEO in 2014. He uses satellite data, GIS, machine learning, computational social science, field surveys, and other mixed methods to evaluate environmental and developmental projects. Before GEF, he was a Remote Sensing Scientist at the Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF), University of Maryland, where he worked on developing satellite-based global data products and participated in multiple NASA-funded projects, including field campaigns for NASA’s future satellite missions. He has qualitative field research experience in south Asia, and has worked with indigenous communities in the Indian trans-Himalayas.
Dr. Anand has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in GIS, spatial analysis, quantitative methods, ecological labs, GIS, statistical modeling and data visualization at the University of Maryland. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters broadly related to remote sensing, ecology, sustainable development, land cover change, and environmental policy. Anupam completed his Ph.D in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland.