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FAO Water Tenure Mondays - Dr Charles Batchelor: "The role and benefits of mapping water services delivery and water tenure"

Online - Italy, 11/10/2021 - 11/10/2021

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- Dr Charles Batchelor is an independent consultant based in London. His qualifications include a BSc in physics and a PhD in plant sciences. After leaving university, Charles worked for twenty years at the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and took on the task of establishing and then leading CEH’s Agro-hydrology Research Group. Since leaving CEH, Charles has worked for various international agencies, universities and NGOs.

His interests include water accounting and auditing; water resources management; irrigated and rainfed crop production; soil and water conservation, water policy development; urban and rural water services delivery; and, sustainable development. He has written extensively on many aspects of agricultural hydrology, integrated approaches to water resources management, water governance and climate change. Charles is currently working with a team that is producing a water accounting protocol/guide for the World Bank and FAO.

- Dr Mekala Snehalatha serves as the Regional Coordinator of FANSA, a network of CSOs in South Asia, and also serves as an Advisor to RUST, a research project lead by Cranfield University. She is a postgraduate in extension education and Phd from Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India. She worked as a Regional Advisor, South Asia for Splash and worked as a National Research Coordinator for Community water plus project (2013 to 2016) and was the country coordinator for WASH Cost project (2008-2012) for IRC, The Netherlands.

Her core competencies and professional interests are in the areas of Water Sanitation and Hygiene services, particularly focused on advocating equitable and inclusive WASH progress and Participatory Poverty Assessments. She was part of the working group on national rural drinking water and sanitation formed by Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation for formulating the five-year plan. She undertook various research studies for International, Regional and National Organizations including UN Agencies and Governments mainly focused on Sustainability, equity and Human Rights aspects related to WASH. She authored more than 20 journal papers, 50 reports along with other researchers as part of her long career on a variety of themes. She has extensively contributed to international conferences including Stockholm Water Week, World Water Forum, SACOSANs and high-level meetings of Sanitation and Water for All.

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