Rianna Gonzales is currently the Senior Water Planning Officer at the Water Resources Agency of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in Trinidad and Tobago, where she is the project leader for the revision of the National Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Policy.
Rianna performed the role of Coordinating Lead Author for the UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO 6): Latin America and Caribbean Regional Assessment, for Chapters on freshwater and marine systems.
Ms. Gonzales, is also actively involved in volunteer activities and is a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and inclusion towards sustainable development. Rianna served as the Regional Coordinator (Canada and Caribbean) of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network for the period 2013 to 2016 and contributed to work in shaping the Paris Agreement.
Rianna is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Coastal Engineering and Management and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of the West Indies.
Rianna’s expertise includes water governance, water security, water management, coastal zone management, drought, climate change and human impacts on water quality. In 2016, Rianna received the International Water Association (IWA) Young Leaders Award for her commitment to the water sector.
At present, Rianna sits on the Technical Working Group for a European Union (EU) funded project which aims to execute climate vulnerability and risk assessments in Trinidad and Tobago.