Rivers Beyond Borders: The Global and Local Challenges of River Guardians
Guardians of the River: An Online Course Talk with Jennifer Avila, Rajendra Singh, Michal Kravčík, Maida Bilal
In this opening session we discuss what the role of river guardians are, what it means to become a river guardian, and what some of the major global challenges faced by river systems, especially the extractive nature of hydropower and agribusiness.
This event is part of the Guardians of the River online course, offered by Advaya and Guardians Worldwide.
Guardians of the River: An Online Course
Jennifer Avila #
Jennifer Avila Reyes is a honduran journalist. She is the co-founder and editor in chief of Contracorriente, a news media outlet in Honduras, since 2017. She has previously been a documentary filmmaker and radio broadcaster in Honduras, as well as a fixer and freelance for digital media outlets in Latinamerica and Europe.
Rajendra Singh #
Rajendra Singh is an Indian water conservationist and environmentalist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as “waterman of India”, he runs an NGO called ‘Tarun Bharat Sangh’ (TBS), which was founded in 1975.
Michal Kravčík #
Michal Kravčík is a water management engineer. He graduated from the Civil Engineering Faculty of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He has worked for 8 years at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He promotes ecological solutions for integrated river basin management.
Maida Bilal #
2021 Goldman Prize Recipient Maida Bilal led a group of women from her village in a 503-day blockade of heavy equipment that resulted in the cancellation of permits for two proposed dams on the Kruščica River in December 2018.