In 2014, we proudly sponsored the inaugural Emerging River Professionals Award (ERPA), which was announced a conference in Canberra. The award was established by the International River Foundation and aims to recognize and nurture professionals in the early stages of their careers in rivers. Attracting outstanding international nominees and demonstrating that river management is a truly multi-disciplinary field, which calls for professionals from all backgrounds, the three finalists represented diverse global experiences and highlighted the significant complexities and challenges of maintaining access to quality water in many communities.
The award winner was Dr Nelson Odume, whose project focused on freshwater management and on developing new methods for monitoring human impact in South Africa.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Holmes, who presented the award on behalf of OceanaGold, congratulated Dr Odume on his success and highlighted the Company’s commitment to investing in global river basin management and particularly in developing countries.