Alvin Chandra '10 (Fiji)

Alvin Chandra '10 (Fiji)

The sound of MESPOM and the dynamic nature of the international degree provide a comfort to me. For the past few years, after pursuing in a number of graduate programmes from Australia and Pacific, I feel this programme holds a value to anyone seeking international exposure in broader environmental issues. My life experiences from growing up in a small island environment, where adaptability to externalities is a constant demand of life, has influenced my interest in environmental issues. We have had many social and economic problems due to our reliance on limited natural resources and had varying priorities and constraints.

 

 

This influenced my choice to pursue a career in environmental management within the United Nations Development Programme. My academic background also reflects my desire to work in this broad field and has provided a good basis upon which to understand the aspects of sustainability, both policy and technical. Hence I come to the MESPOM with a good mix of experience from Small Island Developing States, and hope to integrate the issues well within the programme.

The programme sounds interesting and I feel that MESPOM provides unique opportunities to expand my research curiosities. I join the programme with expectations to better assist our countries in future to develop their capacity, in natural resource management and advice effectively on climate change strategies. In the process, the course is also a prospect to further develop my competencies in sectoral coordination and the integration of environment, social and economic goals at the international level, which is very much required in today’s professions.

I have learnt a lot about the difficulties that are faced in realizing sustainable development at different levels in Asia-Pacific region, but firmly believe that we are developing and refining mechanisms (national, regional and international levels) that will better facilitate this process. I intend to continue being a part of such teams especially that of extended MESPOM family, which are working on ecological sustainable development and undertake challenges that come with such responsibilities. In future, I will continue to aim for careers which allow me to develop programmes to better address such concerns.