The role of landscape solutions in mitigating water resources stress

The session focusses on increasing global pressure on urban water resources exacerbated by climate change and rapid urbanisation. The session will present three case studies at different levels of implementation and scaling on the role of landscape solutions in mitigating water stress. One of the cases is from Vitenam where the mekong delta , a transboundary resource, is facing fresh water challenges due to land subsidence and sea level rise. Second case is from Kenya where water resources challenges coincide with urbanisation, economic development and changing rain patterns. The third case is from Ethiopia where institutional complexities, urbanisation, deforestation and erosion make the communication and decision-making on water resources a challenge. 

These cases will be followed by a discussion and participant interaction through questions and answers.   

WASH Advisor at SNV
My role as a Local-YEP is as the WASH Advisor for SNV in providing advisory services - Demonstrating and Up-scaling of an Innovative Sanitation Value Chain for the (Peri)-Urban Low Income Areas project. Follow my projects on: and
Stefan is a hydrologist. Both at home and abroad, he works as an advisor in the field of integrated water and land management. international projects as well as in intercultural groups, thereby applying knowledge and experiences in integrated water management and intercultural communication. I am a real team worker, who knows how to unite people, let them co-operate and excel. Furthermore I am result and solution oriented, and experienced in the fields of Hydrology, Hydrogeology, urban water supply and IWRM."
Regional Team Leader
Deltares Singapore Office
Mr Sepehr Eslami, with 10-years+ of experience from marine contracting to consultancy and academia, is a researcher/advisor of coastal engineering at NUSDeltares (Singapore) and a PhD fellow at Utrecht Unviersity (the Netherlands) addressing fluvial and marine dynamics of deltas in the context of global change. With advanced technical, analytical and scientific skills in numerical modelling (fluvial, coastal and urban flow, wave, water quality) and data analytics has has advised/lead a wide range of projects with different scopes (development to execution) in Europe, SE Asia and Middle East. He has recently developed a numerical model of the Mekong mega-Delta in multiple dimensions (using DFlow-FM). He has used the model to develop an integrated framework to study and advise environmental adaptation pathways for the delta, addressing basin-wide flow dynamics.
Program Manager, WaterWorX program Vietnam, VEI
Regional Director for VEI
Adriaan Mels works as the regional director for VEI BV, a CSR company of the Dutch water utilities Vitens NV and Evides Waterbedrijf NV. VEI is active in international collaboration, supporting performance improvements of urban water utilities in Africa and Asia and contributing to SDG-6. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Mels has initiated and supervised utility improvement programs in a.o. Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Rwanda, Suriname, Vietnam, and The Philippines. Topics a.o. included leakage reduction, revenue increase, customer service improvements, leadership development and attracting investment finance.
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