Climate Resilient Watershed Approaches for Urban Communities in Florida (USA) and the Netherlands

Adaption for All

“Florida has more in common with the Netherlands than one might think”, may not be the first statement that comes to mind when we talk about flood control. The statement may be true for the large engineered coastal storm protection system the Dutch have constructed, including the Deltaworks. However, when it comes to river basin management in the Netherlands, watershed planning in Florida, the interplay between various interventions and scales as well as water governance, there is clearly more in common than might appear at first sight. It is key to understand how these institutions and landscape with or without solutions currently performs and how they will perform during future extreme weather events.  

Recent studies like Miami Dade County’s Sea Level Rise Strategy, have taken a holistic approach to climate challenges, aiming to establish higher levels of community resilience by developing adaptation pathways with a focus on coastal nature based and inland watershed strategies to increase the performance of public space and reduce the likelihood of devastation and loss of life, and effectively help communities to better prepare to live with the water to come. The recent flood disaster in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands adds a timely factor to a comparison on the impact and response to climate related extreme weather events and how regional watershed planning will need to work to everyone’s advantage.  

During this interactive session, the audience will take part in a multi-national, -state and -municipal comparison: how do we plan for or respond to the extreme, where do we need to improve and what is currently happening to drive improvements?  

Vice Mayor
Eize Willem (Ed) Anker (born 30 June 1978) is a former member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the ChristianUnion. Since 26 May 2014 he has been an alderman of Zwolle. Anker started his political career in the youth organisation of the Reformed Political Alliance, one of the predecessors of the ChristianUnion. He studied political science in Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2007 Anker was a member of the city council of Zaandam. In 2006 he was nominated for the eight place on the candidate list of the ChristianUnion for the coming elections of the House of Representatives
Managing Director
Diederik is the executive vice president of institutional relations at Sustainalytics. Over the past seven years Diederik has helped build Sustainalytics into the largest independent provider of ESG research and analysis for the global investment community. He acts as an advisor to senior executives, portfolio managers, and risk professionals on developing and implementing responsible investment strategies. Diederik directly manages the Institutional Relations team that scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Extel and SRI-connect IRRI Survey for best client services person in ESG research. In 2013, Diederik transferred from Amsterdam to New York City. The move is in a response to the growing momentum of responsible investment in North America and reflects Sustainalytics' increased focus on client service and sales in this market. During his time in New York, Diederik will retain his responsibilities overseeing Sustainalytics' global institutional relations team.
Alex Reed was appointed director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection in November 2019. The office has a multi-faceted approach to resilience, including coral reef protection; preservation of coastal and aquatic management areas; beach and inlet management; and the implementation of ecosystem restoration projects to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and state-managed lands for the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and storms. Alex has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2009, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from Florida State University.
National Director for Flood Risk and Resilience - Associate Vice President at Arcadis
Edgar is the National Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency for North America. Edgar is a water consultant with 20 years of experience in integrated water management. He has a deep understanding of urban and industrial flood proofing concepts, infrastructure planning and design, sustainable urban water management and waterfront development and international water management concepts. Edgar was leading the ARCADIS participation in the international HUD Rebuild by Design competition, including the winning BIG U – Waterfront Resiliency Plan of Manhattan. Edgar functions as the climate change adaptation specialist regarding integrated and multi-layered coastal waterfront and urban water management strategies. He plays a key role in the identification and implementation of our local and international flood proofing expertise. As the Flood Risk & Resiliency Lead, Edgar is the Rockefeller Foundation 100RC participation lead for the US and involved in strategic initiatives regarding climate change adaptation and water resiliency concepts. Most recently Edgar initiated a collaboration with UPenn, bridging Miami’s climate challenges to the city of Philadelphia. Edgar has given master classes on resilience and climate adaptation at UPenn, Yale University, Harvard and Columbia and is the contributing author and editor of the book Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise (Island Press) and Blue Dunes (Columbia Press). Edgar functions as a press spokesperson on resilience in the US, Canada and the NL. Prior to his position with ARCADIS, Edgar was the project manager overseeing waterfront and infrastructure planning work of a leading EURO 400M mixed use waterfront urban – industrial sustainable revitalization site in the Netherlands.
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    November 1, 2021 4:30 pm
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    November 1, 2021 6:00 pm
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