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Dr. Richard Thomas
United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
Assistant Director, Threatened Drylands Ecosystem Program
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy World:  The Water Dimension
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
11:00 - 11:30 am


Abstract:  The provisioning of safe water for drinking, sanitation and hygiene is a prerequisite for global health. Human development is closely linked to disease burdens especially for young children whose energy can be sapped to fight off disease. This paper will explore the relevance, importance and opportunities to reduce the disease burden  from ‘unsafe’ water.
Biography
Richard Thomas is the Assistant Director at the United Nations University –Institute for Water, Environment and Health based at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada where he leads the Drylands Threatened Ecosystem program. He was formerly Director of the Natural Resources Management Programme at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) and was a member of the CGIAR’s Task Force on Integrated Natural Resources Management. He spent 12 years at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. He is a graduate of the University of Wales, U.K. where he received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in botany and microbiology. His broad research interests include integrated soil, water and nutrient management in crop-livestock systems in Latin America, Africa, West and Central Asia. In 2001 his research team at CIAT received the CGIAR’s Excellence in Science Award for Outstanding Partnership.

Education
Ph.D. Microbial physiology. University of Wales, Swansea

Languages:
English and Spanish