Going Beyond with the Water Diaries

The annual Going Beyond Bursary from the RGS-IBG, in association with Land Rover has been awarded to Fearghal O' Nuallain's Water Diaries project.
This bursary has funded a number of fantastic projects in the past, including the Pole of Cold project I wrote the education materials for. Back in the day, Dan Ellison and I and some other colleagues put in a bid for the first bursary... we weren't successful.

Details of Fearghal and the team's journey:

This year, a three-person expedition led by geography teacher Fearghal O’Nuallain will drive across Jordan investigating how the country’s population manages one of its most precious natural resources: water.
With field scientist Dr Shane McGuiness and documentary film maker Temujin Doran, the team plans to study how Bedouin tribes locate and transport water in the Wadi Rum region. They will spend four days living alongside nomads, stopping at a flourishing farm that uses ancient and modern techniques to provide almost all the food consumed in one of the driest places on earth, and meet experts working to save Arabian Oryx from extinction. On a visit to the city of Petra, they will meet archaeologists working at the World Heritage Site. From this ancient civilisation, the Discovery will take the team to investigate an advanced infrastructure project that could bring water security to the entire region – a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea.
The expedition set off from St Peter’s Catholic School, Solihull. The team will be making regular broadcasts about their trip for school pupils to support their geography studies. It provides students with an opportunity to follow the expedition across the Jordanian desert, and learn about water conservation.

Image credit: RGS-IBG

You can sign up to register your interest in having a visit from the Land Rover and the team on the main Water Diaries website.