BEMP’s (Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project) Co-Director Dan Shaw, and Bosque's 6th grade science class, spent some time with an international audience on Monday, touring them around the bosque and providing some insight into BEMP’s environmental and sustainability work.
The group of seven, which represented the countries of Bolivia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Israel, Nepal, Turkey, and Vietnam, is part of Sustainable Cities, a multi-regional project of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. It is focusing on ways various cities in the U.S. are moving towards sustainability and exploring best practices in environmentally sound and creative urban planning, including the design and maintenance of infrastructure systems in urban areas.
Locally, Global Ties ABQ, helped to coordinate the meeting between BEMP and the Sustainable Cities representatives. Global Ties ABQ hosts more than 350 international visitors each year through programs of the State Department; when groups have interest in environmental and sustainability topics, BEMP is a go-to presenter for the organization.
Visitors to Bosque School on Monday included: Antonio Macchiavelli Ascurinaga (Bolivia), Director, Environmental Regulation in Water Resources and Basic Sanitation Regulatory Entity in Drinking Water and Sanitation Services Nationwide; Atanas Nikolov (Bulgaria), Architect, Agency Design and Architecture; Judit Rab (Hungary), Head, Department of Urban Services, Lechner Knowledge Center; Sharon Shlossberg Dinur (Israel), Deputy Director, Planning and Architecture, Department of City Planning Jerusalem Municipality; Sarmila Gautam (Nepal), IT Officer, Pokhara-Lekhnath Metropolitan City Office; Dursun Yildirim Bayar (Turkey), Head, Department of Smart Cities and Geospatial Technologies Ministry of Environment and Urbanization; Thi Ha Nguyen (Vietnam), Green Growth Program Manager, Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID).