Herman van der Most
Integrated water resources management and flood risk management
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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.
|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.|
White Paper on: Sustainability and ecosystem-based management of deltas for UNEP. Drafting of White Paper in close co-operation with UNEP-staff
National Action Plan on Adaptive Flood Risk Management for the National Economic and Social Development Board
Organization of workshop with serious game and set-up of a case study for adaptive flood risk management for the Yom river basin (tributary to the Chao Praya basin)
The Netherlands, 2010 - Present
Coordination of research on the theme of flood risk management within the Dutch Delta Programme. Development of strategic options for the new Cabinet of Ministers, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (project leader).
Water Safety 21st Century
The Netherlands, 2009 - 2010
Policy analysis of different perspectives for defining standards for flood protection in The Netherlands, within the framework of the policy project Water Safety 21st Century (project leader).
The Netherlands, 2008 - 2009
Research into ‘Trends and responses in the sustainable development of deltas, estuaries and coastal zones’ carried out tot support the Aquaterra 2009 Conference; the World Forum on Delta and Coastal Development (project leader).
The Netherlands, 2006 - 2009
PROmO-project: Risk perception and risk communication in dealing with flood risk. Large interdisciplinary project including socio-psychological, socio-economic and institutional aspects of a transition to a risk approach (project leader).
The Netherlands, 2005 - 2007
Development of a planning kit for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. The WFD-Explorer project was developed to assess the water quality and ecological impacts of a wide range of measures. (project-leader).
Evaluation of the programme of the water board of Delfland
The Netherlands, 2004
Evaluation of the strategy and large invest programme of the water board of Delfland with respect to the water management of the boezem of Delfland in periods of excessive rainfall. Evaluation of the need to increase storage and discharge capacity of the water system.
Water resources management study for the Peloponnesian region.
Greece, 2003 - 2008
Analysis of hydrological and water use data; development of a river basin simulation model for the region. The study commissioned by the Ministry of Development was carried out together with Greek partners (project-leader).
The Netherlands, 2001
Development of a system for setting standards with respect to the protection against flooding and drainage problems in regional water systems in the Netherlands (project-leader).
Dniester river basin study
Ukraine / Moldova, 1996
Study of Dniester river basin focusing on long term water management issues, including an assessment of environmental impacts of hydropower development. The study, commissioned by the World Bank, was carried out in close co-operation with Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities (project-leader).
Water resources of Lake Maracaibo and its catchment
Venezuela, 1992 - 1995
Study for an integral plan for the optimal development and management of the water resources of Lake Maracaibo and its catchment. Contribution on water resources planning and assessment of environmental impacts, including the modelling of the hydrodynamics and water quality of the estuary ( co-director).
Policy analysis of management of the North Sea ( MANS project)
The Netherlands, 1990 - 1993
The project included the following fields of interest: calamitous spills from shipping and oil and gas industry, toxic substances (incl. bottom- and bio-accumulation), eutrophication, physical planning of sea-based activities, and assessment of ecosystem impacts (project-leader).
Cisadane-Cimanuk Integrated Water Resources Development Project
Indonesia, 1985 - 1987
Preparation and analysis of hydrologic and meteorological database. Schematisation of project area. Conceptualization of water district model. Guidance of water quality, and erosion and sedimentation studies. Set-up and supervision of training programme.
Analysis of river basin development for the Tana River (Kenya).
Kenya, 1984 - 1985
The analysis focused on the optimised operation of the reservoirs system to maximise average energy generation. Development of a river basin simulation model.
Sustainability and ecosystem-based management of deltas, Global deltas in the transition to a green economy
Most, H. van der, C van de Guchte, H. Kremer & K. Alverson (2014). White Paper UNEP, Final draft 24th of September, 2014, Nairobi , Kenya / Delft, the Netherlands
New, risk-based standards for flood protection in The Netherlands
Most, H. van der, I. Tanczos, K. de Bruijn & D. Wagenaar(2014), 6th International Conference on Flood Management, September 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Quick scan of options for raising the levels of protection against floods of dike rings in The Netherlands
Most, H. van der. Floodrisk 2012, Rotterdam
Understanding flood risk perception in the Netherlands and its implications for self-protective action
Most, H. van der, T. Terpstra & J.M.Gutteling, SRA Europe Annual Meeting 2012, Zurich, June 2012
The Climate Adaptation Navigator as a tool for analyzing governance issues
Marchand, M., S. Hommes, H. van der Most & I. de Vries (2012). Paper presented at the symposium 'The Governance of Adaptation', Amsterdam, 22 & 23 March, 2012.
Management of the Sustainable Development of Deltas
Most H. van der and Marchand M. (2011). In: Wolanski E and McLusky DS (eds.) Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, Vol 11, pp. 179–204. Waltham: Academic Press
Economic and social criteria in setting standards for flood protection in The Netherlands
H. van der Most. ICID 2011, Groningen, May 17, 2011
‘Kijk op waterveiligheid’
H. van der Most, S. de wit et al (eds.) Editor/author of a book with 10 essays on the new risk based policy for flood risk management, with a particular focus on risk perception , Eburon, Delft, ISBN 9789059723566
Adaptation to climate change – Another challenge in the sustainable development of deltas
In: Perspectives on water and climate change adaptation, 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, March 2009
.Towards sustainable development of deltas, estuaries and coastal zones
H. van der Most, M. Marchand, et al. (eds.) Trends and responses. Prepared by Deltares for the Aquaterra 2009 conference.
Governance of flood risks in The Netherlands
S. de Wit, H. van der Most, J. Gutteling & M. Bockarjova. Interdisciplinary research into the role and meaning of risk perception, paper presented at Joint ESREL 2008 and 17th SRA Europe conference, 22-25 September, Valencia, Spain
A planning kit to support implementation of the Water Framework Directive
H. van der Most, A. Jeuken & S. van Schijndel. WFD-Explorer: 7th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, Nice, September 2006, France
Dealing with uncertainty in flood risk assessment of dike rings in the Netherlands
H van der Most & M. Wehrung. Natural Hazards (2005) 36: 191 – 206
Dam the river or go with the flow? Changing views on policy analysis in Dutch water management
I. Mayer, H. van der Most, P. Bots. Paper presented at the 24th conference of the APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management), November 7-9, 2002, Dallas, Texas, USA
Flood management along the river Rhine: decision support systems in a participatory context
H. van der Most, J. Dijkman, P. Gijsbers. Paper presented at MULINO-conference ‘Policies and tools for sustainable water management in the European Union’, November 21-23, 2002, Venice, Italy
|2011 - 2012||Detachment at the Directorate General for Water||Detachment at the Directorate General for Water to assist in policy preparation on the revision of flood protection standards, taking into account the outcomes of the analysis of casualty risk and the societal cost benefit analysis.|
|2001 - 2005||Detachment at Ministry of Public Works||Contribution focused on set-up of the FLORIS project Assessment of flood risk in the Netherlands. Determination of probability of flooding of dike rings and development of a vision on how tot deal with uncertainties in the determination of flood risk.|
|2000 - 2007||Overall Coordinator||Discipline ‘policy analysis’ at Delft Hydraulics.|
|2000 - 2005||Coordinator||Research and development program of the Inland Waters Division of Delft Hydraulics.|
|1999 - Present||Member||Working group on Safety of the Expertise Network for Flood risk (formerly the Technical Advisory Committee on Water Defences).|
|1989 – 1992||Coordinator||Research theme on policy analysis. The research theme focused on knowledge and product development with respect to policy analysis in the fields of water resources management, coastal zone management, river management and estuarine management.|