with Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Water Works), Stefan Uhlenbrook (Coordinator UN World Water Assessment Programme) and Josan Meijers (Vice governor, Spatial Planning, Water Management and Culture)
Prof dr Carolien Kroeze is chair of the Water Systems and Global Change Group. She is also associate professor in Environmental Outlook Studies at the Faculty of Management, Science & Technology of the Open University of The Netherlands, and associate professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She has been involved in integrated assessment studies, with special emphasis on large scale modelling of aquatic and terrestrial systems. Her research includes scenario analyses and evaluation of environmental policies aiming at simultaneous abatement of multiple environmental problems. Her field of study includes environmental systems analysis, with special focus on substance flow analysis and biogeochemistry, using multidisciplinary approaches and integrated assessment modeling. She co-developed environmental models, focused on understanding the relationship between human activity and coastal nutrient enrichment. One of these models is the Global NEWS (Nutrient Export from WaterSheds) model, a global, spatially explicit model that can be used to simulate river export of nutrients as affected by human activities on land.
14:30 - 14:50
Speech Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Water Works
Since November 2015, Professor Stefan
Uhlenbrook is the Coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment Programme
(WWAP, UNESCO programme) and the Director of the Programme Office on Global
Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy. Before that he worked at UNESCO-IHE as
Professor of Hydrology (since 2005), Deputy Director (Vice-Rector) for Academic
and Student Affairs (2000-2014) and Director a.i. (acting Rector; 2014-2015).
He did his PhD (1999) and habilitation (2003) at the University of Freiburg,
Germany. He is also a professor for experimental hydrology at Delft University
of Technology, The Netherlands ( since 2009).
Professor Uhlenbrook’ s main expertise includes water
assessments, hydrological process research, river basin modelling and water
resources management. Many of his research and development projects have
demonstrated the impact of global changes on water cycle dynamics in different
hydro-climate regions in Africa and Asia. He is keen on translating
science-based water knowledge to effective policies and strategies that
contribute to environmental, economic and societal sustainability. Therefore,
Stefan is involved in supporting Member States in achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation.
15:35 - 16:00
Wrap-up: symposium highlights and take home messages by Carolien Kroeze