student- & onderwijszaken ( international office )
Dr D. Snelder (Centre for International Cooperation (CIS)), is senior advisor in sustainable land and water management in tropical regions. She obtained her PhD degree at the University of Toronto, Canada, on technologies for sustainable soil and water management in semi-arid Kenya. Between 1994 and 2012, she worked as associate professor in the field of protected area management, (agro)biodiversity conservation and sustainable smallholder farming systems at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University. She was manager of the Cagayan Valley Programme on Environment and Development (Philippines) and taught courses on environment and development, tropical ecology and environmental management. At CIS, since 2009, she has worked on multiple projects in Africa covering issues related to natural resource management and eco-tourism in Ethiopia (STRONGBOW funded by EP-NUFFIC); water harvesting technologies in Sub Saharan Africa (WHaTeR funded by EC-FP7); A Sustainable Approach to Livelihood Improvement in Kenya (ASALI funded through a VU legacy); biodiversity and forest fragmentation in the Philippines (funded by USAID Philippines). Just recently, two new research and capacity building projects were selected for funding and added to her list (EP-Nuffic, period: 2017 – 2020): one on Linking Spatial Planning to Agribusiness and Public Policy Development in Greater Western Kenya and the other one on Natural Resource Management and Conflict Resolution for Stability and Inclusive Growth in the Greater Virunga Landscape. Dr Snelder is further the coordinator of the Honours Programme course on International Development and the Amsterdam Summer School course on Food and Water Security: Challenges and Innovations.
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