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

Bakema, M. M. & Restemeyer, B., 2017, Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places. Trell, E-M., Restemeyer, B., Bakema, M. M. & van Hoven, B. (eds.). 1st ed. London: Taylor and Francis Ltd, p. 244-255 12 p.

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  • Melanie M. Bakema
  • Britta Restemeyer

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
Chapter14
Pages244-255
Number of pages12
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315103761
ISBN (Print)9781138216495
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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