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.
|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|
Strengthening Integrated Water Resources Management in Mongolia Project. IWRM planner, drafting of a National Water Management Plan of Mongolia.
Mongolia, 2011 – 2012
Basin Development Plan Programme Phase 2 (BDP2). Environmental specialist in an international/riparian expert team assembled for the Economic, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Basin-wide Water Resources Development Scenarios, Mekong River Basin. Mekong River Commission.
Lao PDR, 2009-2010
Flood Management and Mitigation Project
Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, 2007 - 2009
Component 2, Structural Measures and Flood Proofing. The project for the Mekong River Commission aimed at enabling national line agencies to better manage flood risks in the Lower Mekong Basin and formulate, support and refine a plan of Flood Management and Mitigation measures for subsequent development and implementation. As environmental specialist responsible for the design of best practice EIA guidelines for flood protection projects, the assessment of environmental impacts of proposed demonstration projects, the assessment of environmental benefits of flooding, and training.
Central Cebu Water Resources Management through Integrated Development (Water REMIND) project
Water resources planner: design of an integrated water resources management strategy with emphasis on safeguarding the drinking water supply to the Metro Cebu area up till the year 2030.
Environmental impact assessment for the completion of the St.-Petersburg Flood Protection Barrier (EBRD)
Russian Federation, 2002
As environmental impact assessment specialist responsible for the scoping of the project, the compilation of the environmental baseline, and the impact prediction and assessment. Contributing to the environmental action plan, the monitoring plan and the organisation of the public participation.
Living with Floods, INTERREG Rhine-Meuse Activities (IRMA)
Water Resources Management Strategy project. Responsible for the water conservation and watershed management component of the project (WB).
Trinidad and Tobago, 1998
Black Sea Drainage Basin Environmental Management and Protection Project.
Bulgaria, Rumania, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey, 1993 - 1996
Project leader of the Dutch contribution to the Global Environmental Facility (GEF, WB/UNDP/UNEP). The contribution consisted of the development and implementation of a data base management system for the handling of environmental data by the 6 Black Sea countries and a policy analysis to design strategies to prevent further deterioration of the Sea of Azov.
Policy analysis concerning the river dike improvement in the Netherlands. Responsible for the sub-study on environmental and procedural aspects of river dike improvement plans
Netherlands, 1992 - 1993
Cisadane-Cimanuk Integrated Water Resources Development Study
Indonesia, 1987 - 1988
BTA-155 (West-Java), responsible for:
• Soil erosion and related problems in water and land resources management.
• Analysis of flooding problems in the province of West Java
• Analysis of non-water inputs in water resources development projects.
|1991 – present||Lecturing||Environmental Impact Assessment of Water Resources Development Projects at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands.|