Resilience in practice - A transformative approach? A conversation with Henk Ovink, first Dutch special envoy for international water affairs

Melanie M. Bakema, Britta Restemeyer

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    In 2015 Henk Ovink was appointed as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs in the Netherlands. It was an entirely new position with global outreach in the Dutch policy landscape. Ovink, who is also called ‘the ambassador for the Dutch water sector’ describes his role as a ‘connector’. He travels to vulnerable places around the globe to connect foreign stakeholders to Dutch governments, businesses and research organizations, helping with Dutch expertise on water management where needed and desired. Among others, the governments of the United States, South Africa, Myanmar, Vietnam, and India have asked for Henk Ovink’s advice in organizing policy processes, usually in relation to a recent water-related crisis. Prior to his position as a Water Envoy, Ovink was part of President Obama’s Rebuilding Task Force in the United States of America after hurricane Sandy had severely damaged the New York region.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGoverning for Resilience in Vulnerable Places
    EditorsElen-Maarja Trell, Britta Restemeyer, Melanie M. Bakema, Bettina van Hoven
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315103761
    ISBN (Print)9781138216495
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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