Webinar #4: Water and Change

Date and time:August 15, 2012
Speaker:Henk van Schaik
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 In the 1970s, rural water supply and health formed the core of the ‘Water Agenda.’ Since then, the agenda of the water community (policymakers, practitioners, private sector, users) has expanded in response to new and additional challenges such as growing water demands for people and food, the need for cost reveovery, environmental integrity, and climate change.

In his 40-year career, Henk van Schaik has been involved in policy processes and projects related to water, all over the world. Through his work, he has seen the Water Agenda evolve from being focused on rural supply and health in the 1970s, to Climate Change impact and adaptation in the early 2000s. In the coming decade, he sees ‘Water and Peace’ emerging as a top priority for the water community. He reckons that new water allocations for green growth, and Water & Cultural Heritage are other themes set to assume more importance.

In this webinar, Henk will outline these changes by revisiting some of the assignments and people that formed his career in the past, and through examples from his ongoing/upcoming work.

About the speaker:Henk van Schaik is currently Programme Leader, Water and Peace, at the University for Peace, The Hague.

Between 2001-12, he was the Programme Coordinator of the Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate, based at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, The Netherlands. From 1995 till 2002 he was a member of the Water Fund of Simavi, a Dutch NGO. In 2004 he created the Dutch NGO Climate Partners, which advises private sector companies including water utilities how to achieve a “climate neutral” footprint. From 1976 till 1987 he worked on rural water supply projects implementation and planning in respectively Malawi and Tanzania.

He has held many advisory positions, such as in the preparation of Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change prepared by the UN ECE in 2009; to the World Water Development Programme for the World Water Development Report 3, to Aquaterra, a biannual global Forum on Delta development; and to the Ministry of Development Cooperation, The Netherlands (1987-2001).

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