Public seminar on Natural Disasters: Risk and Response

The Auckland Water for Survival Committee is proud to present a lecture series on global water issues.

Oxfam Water for Survival is hosting a public seminar on preparedness and responses to natural disasters.

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, clean drinking water is critical, but having access to water and other necessities can be a challenge, particularly in developing countries.

Garry MacDonald, former President of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), will speak about how countries can prepare for natural disasters to reduce the economic and social impacts faced by communities. Carlos Calderon, the Pacific Humanitarian Manager for Oxfam, will recount his personal experience of Oxfam’s humanitarian work in response to Cyclone Evan in Samoa in 2012.

This is a free lecture but donations to the Oxfam Water for Survival Programme are appreciated.

The seminar will be followed by drinks and nibbles and opportunities for networking.

Venue: Room 3.402, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland, 20 Symonds St.

Event: March 21, 2013 at 6.30pm


Cost: Free – Donations appreciated

Parking available at the Owen G Glenn Building. Access to the car park is via Grafton Road, opposite Stanley Street.

Previous lectures

Water and sanitation in the developing world

The first lecture was held on World Toilet Day (November 19th) and was presented by two guest speakers: Steve Couper and Barry Coates, who discussed challenges, strategies and potential rewards of solving water and sanitation issues in developing countries.

Steve Couper is President of Water NZ, the country's largest water industry body. With over 18 years' experience in the water and wastewater sector, Steve has extensive knowledge and expertise. He shared some of the lessons he has learnt from past wastewater projects in Indonesia where he helped converting waste into precious resources such as energy.

Barry Coates is the Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. He has devoted his career to poverty reduction and sustainable development. Barry will discuss Oxfam's long-term sanitation projects in places such as Papua New Guinea and Bougainville. He provided valuable insight into water and wastewater infrastructure and development from an NGO perspective.

Event dates: 
Monday, November 19, 2012 - 6:30pm
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 6:30pm