Rinus Vis

Water resources management, environmental impact assessment, policy analysis, manager Sustainable Use of Water and Soil

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Mr Vis graduated in 1982 in Physical Geography from the University of Amsterdam. After research work and teaching assignments in various countries, he joined Delft Hydraulics (now Deltares) in 1986. In 1989 he took his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Amsterdam. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was the impact of changing land use (deforestation) on soil erosion rates and sediment yields of the rivers in the Central Cordillera of the Colombian Andes.

At Delft Hydraulics Dr. Vis specialized in policy analysis and sustainable and environmentally sound water resources development. He worked on a variety of projects in more than 30 countries.  Examples are the National Water Management Plans for Trinidad and Tobago and Mongolia. In the Netherlands he participated in a policy analysis to design measures and strategies to alleviate the flooding problems of the river Meuse, as well as in projects aiming at the design and evaluation of alternative flood risk management strategies for the lower Rhine River.

Besides, Dr. Vis developed as an expert on Environmental Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Since 1991 he lectures Environmental Impact Assessment at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, the Netherlands. Recent EIA’ s to which Mr Vis contributed are: the EIA for the access channel to the port of Cartagena (Colombia) and the Economic, Social and Environmental impact assessment of basin-wide water resources development scenarios for the Lower Mekong.

Since 2008 Mr. Vis leads the Sustainable Use of Water and Soil group of the Scenarios and Policy Analysis Division of Deltares. Before, since 1999, he was heading the River Basin Management group of the Inland Water Systems Division of WL| Delft Hydraulics. Dr. Vis is also responsible for the Deltares research programme on knowledge and tool development for river basin management.

Working experience

2008 – present Sustainable Use of Water and Soil, Scenarios and Policy Analysis Division, Deltares Manager
1999-2008 River Basin Management, Inland Water Systems Division, WL | Delft Hydraulics Manager
1997-1999 River Management, River Basin Management Division, WL | Delft Hydraulics Manager
1997-1997 Environmental Studies / EIA of the Environmental Management Division, WL | Delft Hydraulics Manager
1989-1996 The Environmental Studies Group of the Water Resources and Environment Division, WL | Delft Hydraulics Manager
1986-1989 Water Resources and Environment Division, WL | Delft Hydraulics Project engineer
1985-1986 Physical Geography and Soil Science, University of Amsterdam / Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua Lecturer
1982-1985 Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research (WOTRO). Senior researcher
1977-1982 University of Amsterdam, Laboratory of Physical Geography and Soil Science Research assistant