Jay

Jay Mistry

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, United Kingdom

Getting ready for the project’s final year

COBRA Annual Meeting, 2013

September 2, 2013

COBRA’s Project Management Board met at Royal Holloway, University of London on the 28th and 29th of August to discuss the status of the work undertaken in the first two years of the project, and to look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as the project enters its final year.

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It was a pleasure to welcome colleagues from Guyana, Brazil, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy to the Geography Department at Royal Holloway for two days of fruitful discussion about the project. To get the meeting under way, each partner organisation reported on their work over the past year (since the meeting in the Iwokrama Lodge last August). Of particular interest was the work that has been conducted by Jay Mistry to update the project proposal following last year’s problems in Tumucumaque that prevented us to continue our research in Brazil.

It was also very interesting to see a work-in-progress preview of a Best Practice video which had been produced by the NRDDB team in Guyana. This was an excellent opportunity for all partners to witness the hard work of our Guyanese colleagues and to provide constructive feedback.

After a delicious dinner at Jay and Andrea’s house on a pleasant English late-summer evening, it was back to work on the 29th. The morning session, led by Matt Simpson, concerned the planning for the next stage of the project. This will involve using the practitioner’s handbook the team have been developing to disseminate best practices to other communities in the Guiana Shield region. To conclude the meeting, Capsar Verwer and Ron Kingham conducted a rewarding session in which the team discussed the impact of COBRA in its final year and beyond, both in terms of the local communities involved in the project, as well as academic and environmental policy arenas.

All in all, the meeting was very productive and a positive start to the final year of COBRA.

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