Ms. Audrey Legat is advisor at Deltares on water and marine governance. She holds a MSc degree in International Relations (Diplomacy) from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and a MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. With a multi-disciplinary background, she is driven to reinforcing the science-policy interface in international projects related to water and coastal management. She works on the social and governance aspects of integrated projects, among others related to coastal development, climate adaptation or Blue Economy. Looking at the impact of water and climate change on the livelihood of local populations, she has initiated a new research track within Deltares aiming at improving the understanding of relocation as adaptation strategy in coastal areas.
Audrey Legat is furthermore committed to developing and strengthening international networks and cooperation on water, in her role of regional coordinator for West Africa. In the past, she has been working at the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) on programs of the Dutch government for Africa and Latin America, where she developed experience in different countries such as Benin, Senegal, Ghana, Madagascar, Panama and Argentina.
|2019 - present||Deltares||Advisor water governance and Regional coordinator West Africa|
|2017 - 2019||Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP)||Project Officer International / Regional coordinator West Africa and Latin America|
|2015 - 2019||Alliance Française de La Haye||Public relations and office manager|
Relocation as coastal development
Worlwide, 2020 - present
Positions held: Project leader
Main project features: Coordination and development of a research track aiming at a better understanding of relocation as adaptation measure in coastal areas.
Strengthening Hydromet services and flood/drought management in Central Africa.
Central Africa, 2021 - present
Client: World Bank, Economic Community of Central African States
Main project features: The objectives of the study is to better understand the state of meteorology, hydrology, climatology and early warning systems in Central Africa and to draft a regional framework to support the modernization of the hydrological and meteorological services of the countries of the region to improve decision-making for the management of floods and droughts in Central Africa.
Positions held: Advisor water governance
Activities performed: Development of a regional framework and roadmap for Hydromet services in Central Africa; stakeholder consultations.
Mangroves as a Protection from Erosion and Coastal Flooding in Selected West African Coastal Countries (Ghana and Guinea)
Ghana and Guinea, 2020 - present
Client: World Bank
Positions held: Project leader assistant
Activities performed: Coordination of the project and of the team with local consultants, preparation and implementation of workshops with stakeholders in the two focused countries.
Client: The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management
Main project features: The aim of this project is to provide input and support to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management on projects related to international agenda’s to which The Netherlands has committed.
Positions held: Project manager
Activities performed: General project management, program coordination and monitoring, team coordination.
Support to the Development of ProAzul’s Sustainable Blue Economy Roadmap
Mozambique, 2020 - 2021
Client: World Bank
Main project features: This project aimed at supporting the development of a roadmap for ProAzul, a dedicated agency to oversee the promotion of sustainable blue economy development in Mozambique. The roadmap will guide its coordination efforts and financing for sustainable blue economy development in Mozambique.
Positions held: Advisor
Activities performed: Development of an action plan to operationalize the Blue Economy (including action and investments) in Mozambique (task 1); policy analysis, identification of best practices; Stakeholder consultations (cross-cutting task).
Regional coordination West Africa
West Africa, 2019 - present
Client: Internal activity
Positions held: Advisor
Activities performed: Coordination of Deltares’ activities in West Africa. Strengthening our network in the region focused on IWRM, Resilient Cities and Coastal Zone Management.