Herman van der Most

Integrated water resources management and flood risk management

+31 (0)88 335 8570

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Mr. Herman van der Most is an experienced policy analyst and expert advisor on integrated water resources management and flood risk management. He has studied civil engineering at the Delft University of Technology and has over 30 years of experience, both in The Netherlands and abroad. His experience in river basin management studies abroad include Kenya, Indonesia, Venezuela, China, Ukraine, Moldova, Palestine and Greece. As a policy analist he has contributed to the development and application of methods and tools to support interactive planning processes, including decision support systems. The last 15 years his work has focused on flood risk management and on adaptation to climate change.

Regional studies in this period include integral assessment studies on flooding and drainage problems in the provinces North-Holland and Zeeland and an evaluation of the large invest programme of the water board of Delfland to enlarge the storage and discharge capacity of the water system. He was also project leader of the development of a system of (differentiated) standards for protection against flooding and drainage problems in regional water systems in the Netherlands.

On a national scale he contributed to the FLORIS-project (a national study on the flood risk of dike rings). He was also project leader of a major interdisciplinary research project on risk perception and risk communication, which looked in to the consequences for citizens of a transition to a risk approach. In the past five years he has worked on the development of new standards for flood protection within the framework of the policy project Flood Risk Management for 21st Century as part of the Dutch Delta Programme. Part of the work on the flood protection standards was done on detachment at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

In the past two years he has taken up again his work abroad with studies on adaptive flood risk management in Thailand. As of 1999 he is a member of the Working group on Safety of the Expertise Network for Flood risks.

Working experience

2014-present Deltares Strategic advisor at the unit of Policy Analysis and Scenario Studies of Deltares
2008 – 2014 Deltares Senior advisor on integrated water resources management and flood risk management at the unit of Policy Analysis and Scenario Studies.
2001 - 2002 Delft University of Technology Part-time researcher at Policy Analysis Section of the Faculty of Technology, Administration and Management.
1999 - 2007 Delft Hydraulics Specialist on policy analysis and senior advisor on integrated water resources management of the Inland Water Systems Division.
1993 - 1999 Delft Hydraulics Project manager, Division of Regional Water Resources and Environment.
1985 - 1993 Delft Hydraulics Water resources engineer, Division of Water Resources and Environment.
1980 - 1985 Delft Hydraulics Project engineer, Systems Approach branch.
1980 Delft University of Technology M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Main topics: water resources management, probabilistic design of river dikes, wave attenuation near foreshores.