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    Dave Ervin

    May 23, 2012 | 01:40 p.m.

    This exciting international project embodies all of the key elements of the interdisciplinary IGERT approach — integration of the natural (biophysical) and social sciences, explication of the roles of values and ethics, and intensive collaboration of multiple disciplines on problem-based scholarship. It is also providing valuable insights for our interdisciplinary curriculum and research program on ecosystem services for urbanizing regions.

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    Pamela Allen

    May 24, 2012 | 02:14 p.m.

    Great work tackling the complex interdependencies at play. I’m wondering how Indonesia was decided upon for the case study?

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    Sarah Holmen-Kidd

    May 25, 2012 | 12:34 a.m.

    The project was tasked to the student group through the Delta Alliance (http://www.delta-alliance.org/) – The Delta Alliance is an international knowledge-driven network organization with the mission of improving the resilience of the world’s deltas. One of the Delta Alliance’s focus regions is Indonesia – and this is how I believe the project and the initial application Delta was decided upon.

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    Darrell Brown

    May 24, 2012 | 02:32 p.m.

    I like the integration of the ES language to enrich the FSSD. My concern about the FSSD has long been its difficulty in addressing specific issues; FSSD tends to be more high level and the addition of the ES concepts/language may usefully ground the framework and result in more pragmatic actions. Well done.

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    gael Doyle-Oroyan

    May 28, 2012 | 04:43 p.m.

    Impressive and well done; students learning, working together, and giving back to the world!
    Exciting for the students and those they will help and lessons learned that can be carried forward to benefit the earth.

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    May 28, 2012 | 07:44 p.m.

    Amazing and well done. Sounds like this is something you truly believe in and will work towards trying to find a solution.

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Portland State University
Years in Grad School: 1

Water, Health, and Economy: an Integrated Ecosystem Services Approach to Sustainable Development in Urbanizing Deltas

In late August 2011 an international group of 25 interdisciplinary graduate students was assembled to create an integrated framework approach for sustainable development in urbanizing delta regions throughout the world. This integrated framework project is being accomplished in 3 major steps: 1) reviewing sustainable development approaches to “wicked” problems (i.e. those with complex interdependencies), 2) integration of team knowledge and different sustainable development frameworks, and 3) application of this generic sustainable development approach to a case study delta in Indonesia. To initiate the process students gathered for a week-long workshop at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, where they were exposed to a range of water-related sustainable development issues. After the workshop, students continued to collaborate through the integration process via teleconferences, email, and web-based discussion board. In early April 2012 the international team gathered for a second week-long workshop at PSU in Portland, Oregon to finish the integration process. This integrated framework approach focuses on using the Ecosystem Services (ES) framework as operational language within the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD). The ES concept can be used for evaluating and discussing tradeoffs as well as demonstrating the potential benefits of a sustainable development projects that preserve ecosystems and the services they provide. This integrated approach will be taken in October 2012 on the ground in Indonesia with the cooperation of students and stakeholders to create a sustainable plan for reducing waterborne disease outbreaks in the Citarum Delta.