Anjouan, Comoros – As the regional project coordination unit we would like to officially acknowledge Nourddine Mirhani for designing the official project logo that we now use on a daily basis. We also wanted to give him an opportunity to write about his involvement in the project and what inspired him to design the logo. Here is what he had to say:
My name is Nourddine Mirhani and I was born in the town of Mutsamudu, on the island of Anjouan, in Comoros. I hold a phd in physical, human, economic and regional geography since June 2014. I am also a Science and Environmental Technician specialized in Environmental Impact Assessment and Plant Ecology since September 2003. From 2010 to 2014, I was responsible for the biodiversity portfolio at the Directorate of Environment and Forestry in Anjouan. Since late 2014, I was appointed Director of Land-use Planning. In parallel to this function, I was also tasked to monitor projects on behalf of the governor of the autonomous island of Ndzuwani.
I got familiar with the IWRM project because of my professional activities and the scientific researches I am working on. I was working at the Directorate of Environment and Forestry in Anjouan, when I signed up for a doctoral thesis on the écogéography of forests galleries in Anjouan in September 2010. The idea was to understand the fundamental role of these riparian formations on maintaining water flows in order to provide a stream restoration and management plan. This topic was later updated to include the dynamic evolution of geosystems. The change in topic provided an opportunity to better understand the functioning of the watershed of Anjouan and to determine the factors of disturbance. An integrated watershed management model was elaborated based on the research. It is thanks to these activities that I was invited to participate at one of the IWRM project presentation meeting organized in partnership with the Department of the Environment and Forestry of Anjouan, UNOPS, UNEP and UNDP. Right after its launch, the IWRM AIO SIDS country project team was temporarily hosted in the offices of the Directorate of Environment and Forestry where I was working. During that period of time, lots of ideas and dialogues took places. At the end of the first Regional Steering Committee meeting of the IWRM AIO SIDS project that was organized in Seychelles in 2013, a call for project logo proposals was issued. Participants all agreed that the proposal that would get the majority of votes will be selected as the official project logo. With this in mind, I worked on a logo and submitted it to the then regional project coordinator, Dr. Simonetta Siligato. My concept was selected by the majority of the steering committee members and became the official project logo.
After defending my PhD on the issue of river watershed disturbance in Anjouan in June 2014, my relationship with the IWRM project became stronger. Indeed, the project was a direct response to the research I had been working on. For this reason, I voluntarily agreed to go to the field with the project team, to do presentations at workshops and to provide free training sessions to the newly formed watershed management committee of Mutsamudu. Finally, following a call for consultation on the mapping of the Mutsamudu basin, my file was selected by the National Selection Committee. The validation of the final report was done in September 2015. Currently, I am part of an Interim Committee for the national coordination of the IWRM AIO SIDS project in my capacity of Director of Land-use Planning in Anjouan.
Having acquired basic knowledge in the field of environmental science, geography and watershed systems, I already had many ideas for the IWRM project logo design. My first intention was to retain only the concepts that fitted the objectives of the project. I also paid special attention to design a logo that would be universal and easily interpretable. The choice of the color palette and icons has been made based on these criteria. Here is my interpretation:
Two main colors were chosen: green to refer to nature as a whole and blue to represent water;
A hand in reference to a plea for actions in support of integrated water management;
A globe symbolizing the universal character of such actions (for water conservation);
A drop in the center of the globe to illustrate that water has always been at the heart of development issues in all societies.
You can now download our logo in different formats: click here.