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August 1, 2017

Environmental literacy of the Tuul River, Mongolia

Environmental literacy principles for the Tuul River, Mongolia The Tuul River in northcentral Mongolia is a tributary to the Orkhon River. The Orkhon River flows through Lake Baikal, Russia via the Selenga River and into the Yenesei River, which is the largest tributary into the Arctic Ocean. Water from the Tuul River is heavily utilized, […]

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July 25, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 3

Training Mongolians to Develop a Tuul River Report Card After our field trip, Simon Costanzo, Michele Thieme and I held a two and a half day workshop in Ulaanbaatar, working closely with WWF Mongolia and key stakeholders in order to develop the skills and strategies needed to create a Tuul River report card. We structured […]

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July 18, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 1

From July 2nd– 4th, 2017, Simon Costanzo, Michele Thieme and I took a day to walk around the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) and two days on driving tours to see both upstream and downstream sections of the Tuul River. This blog installment provides the first part of a synopsis of these field trips […]

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June 27, 2017

Sharing Water event in Washington, D.C.

The Eighth World Water Forum is going to be held in Brazilia, Brazil in March 2018. As a lead up to the World Water Forum, a series of regional events are being held to initiate discussions and create enthusiasm for the World Water Forum. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Coca-Cola Company co-sponsored the Sharing […]

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June 16, 2017

WWF and UMCES Retreat 24-25 May 2017

The WWF–UMCES Partnership met at the UMCES Horn Point Lab Campus in Cambridge, MD on May 24 and 25 this year for our annual two-day retreat. This year’s agenda was, as usual, very ambitious, including the introduction of new people, discussions on branding the partnership, the incorporation of climate change indicators into the report card […]

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January 17, 2017

Scrooge and the Report Card

At the conclusion of a 9-11 Nov. 2016 workshop in Annapolis titled “Integrating systems modeling and report card development to improve basin health & manage trade-offs”. I was able to convince the participants to act out a play that I wrote for the occasion. The play was entitled “Scrooge and the Report Card”, loosely based […]

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January 12, 2017

Integrating system dynamics modeling and report cards workshop

On 9-11 November 2016, a workshop entitled “Integrating systems modeling and report card development to improve basin health & manage trade-offs” was held in Annapolis, Maryland. The systems modeling and the report card approach have a shared philosophy of stakeholder engagement as being the foundation to improving river health globally. Both approaches are also driven […]

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December 2, 2016

The Basin Report Card Initiative goes to Monterrey, Mexico!

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Basin Report Card Initiative (BRCI) partnership visited Monterrey Mexico to attend the opening of the Water Center at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, and to meet with the FEMSA foundation and Water Center about the potential for report cards for the Rio […]

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October 27, 2016

The report card game “Get the Grade!” was launched in Stockholm, New Delhi and Honolulu

The Basin Report Card Initiative, a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the World Wildlife Fund, worked closely with game developers from the Engagement Lab at Emerson College to produce a fun, interactive and thought provoking game, “Get the Grade!”. “Get the Grade” was successfully launched at three signature events […]

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October 20, 2016

UMCES active in the 2016 River Symposium in Delhi, India

The 19th annual River Symposium was held in Delhi, India this year – the first time it’s been held outside of Australia. I had a chance to attend, and to present a couple of talks related to the partnership we have with WWF for the Basin Report Cards Initiative. The highlight for me was the […]

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