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INTERNSHIP EXIT REPORT
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM (UNEP)
DIVISION OF EARLY WARNING AND ASSESSMENT (DEWA)
SCIENTIFIC AND ASSESSMENT BRANCH (SAB)
BY
KOECH NICHOLAS KIPKEMBOI
SUPERVISED BY
SALIF DIOP
FROM
9TH JUNE, 2008
TO
8TH SEPTEMBER, 2008
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PREFACE
The purpose of this report is to explain what I did and learned during my internship period with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA). The report is also a requirement for the partial fulfillment of United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) internship program. The report focuses primarily on the assignments handled, working environment, successes and short comings that the intern did encounter when handling various tasks assigned to him by the supervisor. Because the various parts of the report reflect the intern’s shortcomings, successes, observations and comments, it would be imperative that the recommendations are also given. Therefore the report gives a number of comments and recommendations on the internship programme. It is hoped that this report would serve as a cardinal vehicle to the improvement of the internship program. iii

TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE.........................................................................................................................ii TABLE OF CONTENTS...........................................................................................iii, iv CHAPTER ONE...............................................................................................................1 1.0 INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................1 1.1 Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) - Water Unit......................1 1.2 Duties and Responsibilities.....................................................................................1 1.2.0 The 2008 Updated Version of Vital Water Graphics (VWG) Publication..........2 1.2.1 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)..............................................................2 1.2.2 Indicative Roadmap for the African Groundwater Commission Publication......3 1.2.3 Freshwater Under Threat – Africa and Asia Publication.....................................3 CHAPTER TWO..............................................................................................................4 2.0 COMMENTS ON ASSIGNMENT........................................................................4 2.1 Completion of the Assignments..............................................................................4 2.2 Work Experiences...................................................................................................5 2.3 The Impact of My Work.........................................................................................6 2.4 Successes and Short Comings.................................................................................7 CHAPTER THREE..........................................................................................................9 3.0 INTERNSHIP AS A LEARNING PROCESS.......................................................9 3.1 My Expectations.....................................................................................................9 3.2 Exposure to UNEP as a UN Agency.......................................................................9 3.3 Benefits of the Program........................................................................................11 iv

CHAPTER FOUR...........................................................................................................12 4.0 OBSERVATION AND CONCLUSION.............................................................12 4.1 Observations.........................................................................................................12 4.2 Conclusion............................................................................................................13 4.3...
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