Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Sanitation in Challenging Environments (EWB)

Sanitation in Challenging Environments
Gavin Blakey, OAM, Engineers Without Borders


Abstract: Here in Australia we have access to clean water and sanitation whereas two thirds of Cambodians do not have access to improved sanitation. Many of them live in challenging environments such as areas that regularly flood or have high groundwater levels. Engineers Without Borders has been working with organisations and communities in Cambodia to address access to water supply and sanitation. This presentation will focus on sanitation in challenging environments in Cambodia, and how these lessons can be applied at home here in Australia and in other nations, including our neighbours in the Pacific.

Bio: Gavin Blakey’s engineering career has spanned private enterprise, local government and the not-for-profit sector. He has held many roles including geotechnical engineering, flood management, sustainable water use, planning, budget management, business development and strategic asset management. Gavin has spoken to audiences in 20 countries. In 2004 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to communication and leadership development throughout the world, in particular through his work with Toastmasters International. In 2015 Gavin worked as the In Country Manager for Cambodia and Vietnam with Engineers Without Borders an NGO that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. He has been on the EWB Board since 2014 and is currently Chair of EWB’s Board of Directors. He is passionate about the difference clean water and sanitation can make to engineering a better world.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 07 April 2017
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room
  • Gavin Blakey

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