France

100 Water Heroes: Elodie Brelot & Bernard Chocat

Director of GRAIE & Founder and Honourary President of GRAIE

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Today’s #100WaterHeroes are GRAIE’s Director, Elodie Brelot, and their Founder and Honourary President, Bernard Chocat. GRAIE is a French NPO, who describe themselves as “a group of research, technical coordination and water information that has been mobilising and bringing together stakeholders in the fields of water management, aquatic environments and urban planning.”

GRAIE’s four key themes include:

Urban Water // Water and Public Health // Aquatic Environments // Urban Drainage

Under Elodie’s leadership, GRAIE was particularly influential in their endorsement of the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities, “which encourage collaborative action, underpinned by a shared vision, so that local governments, urban professionals, and individuals actively engage in addressing and finding solutions for managing all waters of the city.”

Following completion of a thesis in Urban Hydrology, Elodie became Director of GRAIE in 1994, where she works towards connecting both scientists and professionals in the water management sector.

by Kelvin Trautman

by Kelvin Trautman

Our second #100WaterHero for today is Bernard Chocat who, in addition to being founder and honourary president of GRAIE, is also a skilled professor at Lyon’s National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), and specialises in urban water. It was an honour to have Bernard run with me along some of the Beaujolais marathon route, and to hear him speak about some of the region’s water management issues.

Elodie Brelot and Bernard Chocat are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their work with GRAIE, and their commitment to connecting scientists and professionals in the water management sector.

Twitter: @ asso_graie

Elodie Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/elodie-brelot-17728320

GRAIE Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/graie

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Lyon, France

100 Water Heroes: Kathleen Dominique

Environmental Economist, OECD

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Our fifth Water Hero, Kathleen Dominique, is a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she heads work surrounding water financing. She currently serves as project manager of the Roundtable on Financing Water, a platform that “draws upon political leadership and technical expertise, with the ambition of facilitating increased financing of investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth.”

The OECD have a strong alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and look to find “innovative and effective approaches to water management.” Kathleen has been integral to the OECD’s environmental and water sustainability teams, and has lead work relating to water resources allocation, groundwater allocation, and water and climate change adaptation.

Prior her work with the OECD, Kathleen was involved in climate change at the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Kathleen is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her dedication to environmental sustainability, and her impactful work with the OECD on water management issues.

Twitter: @KDominique_H2O

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kathleen-dominique-719b815

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Paris, France