South Asia & South East Asia

Since 2013 the scope of my assistance activities has been widened to include other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Vietnam and (since 2015) Nepal and Sri Lanka.

2013:
– Water governance in the Netherlands and Asian countries; keynote second Asia-Netherlands water learning week (17-21 June 2013).
– Report with Preliminary Comments on the First Draft Bhutan Water Regulation; March 2013
– Country report Bhutan; consultation mission ADB-IHE project supporting water legislation in South Asia and Southeast Asia; May 2013.
– Country report Bangladesh; consultation mission ADB-IHE project supporting water legislation in South Asia and Southeast Asia; July 2013.
– Legal Assessment of the Second Draft Bhutan Water Regulation; September 2013.
– Country report Myanmar; fact-finding mission ADB-IHE project supporting water legislation in South Asia and Southeast Asia; October 2013.
– Building Blocks for Good water Governance; a legally embedded system of water management; book contribution October 2013.
– Similarities and differences in Dutch and Asian water legislation; presentation conference water and ocean law in times of climate change. University of Utrecht, 31 October 2012.
– Towards an Integrated water resources act in Myanmar; discussion paper November 2013.
– Country report Vietnam; fact-finding mission ADB-IHE project supporting water legislation in South Asia and Southeast Asia; November 2013.
– Report with comments on the Fourth Draft Bhutan Water Regulation; december 2013.

2014:
– Second Country report: Bhutan; February 2014.
– Water governance in The Netherlands and Asian countries; the importance of a cohorent legal framework for the national implementation in IWRM principles. Presentation 3st Asia-Netherlands water learning week and 1st Asia-Netherlands water legislation workshop, 16-20 June 2014 in Delft, The Netherlands.
– Common issues in the water legislation of Indonesia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam; presentation 1st Water Legislation Workshop, 16-19 June 2014 in Delft, The Netherlands.
– Water governance and water legislation; presentation international training course multilevel water governance, 2 July 2014; organized by The Hague Academy for Local Governance in cooperation with the Water Governance Centre.
– Report 1st water legislation workshop; closing workshop first stage project, 16-19 June 2014, Delft, The Netherlands; November 2014.
– Book review: The politics of river basin organisations; Editors Dave Huitema and Sander Meijerink 2014; Water Governance Journal 05-06/2014.

2015:
– Preliminary assessment on the draft Act on Hydraulic Works of Vietnam; report April 2015 for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (World Bank funded TA project).
– Water legislation of Vietnam fit for the future? Presentation World Bank mission in Hanoi, June 2015.
– International experiences related to legislation on hydraulic works, A comparative study regarding hydraulic works legislation of the countries The Netherlands, Indonesia and South Korea. Lessons learned for the new hydraulic works legislation of Vietnam; July 2015 (World Bank funded TA project).
– Report on the assessment of the Water Act of 2011 and of water related legislation in Bhutan; October 2015.
– Preliminary desktop study of water legislation in Nepal; October 2015.
– Water governance and water legislation; presentation international training course multilevel water governance, 27October 2015; organized by The Hague Academy for Local Governance in cooperation with the Water Governance Centre.
– Climate Change Adaptation and Liability of Water Authorities in the Area of Dutch Water Management; A serious problem? Presentation 4st Asia-Netherlands water learning week 26-30 October 2015 in Delft, The Netherlands.
– Country report Nepal; fact-finding mission ADB-IHE project supporting water legislation in South Asia and South East Asia; november 2015.

2016:
– Report on the legal assessment of the Draft Bangladesh Water Rules 2015; January 2016.
– Report on the legal aspects of adapting to climate change through IWRM in Bhutan; February 2016. Contribution to ADB Bhutan project TA-8623.
– Presentation on the legal framework for the implementation of the new national irrigation strategy of Vietnam; World Bank mission 15-26 February 2016.
– A legally embedded system of water management; contribution to the book: “Building blocks for good water governance; 2th edition March 2016. DOWNLOAD PDF
– River basin organizations in the Asian water legislation; presentation water governance symposium; 10 March 2016.
– Process and options for the architecture of the new water act of Nepal; presentation national workshop on 28 March 2016 in Kathmandu.
– Lessons learned from the federal system of Pakistan; presentation national workshop on 28 March 2018 in Kathmandu.
– Water governance and water legislation; presentation training course multi-level water governance, organized by the The Hague Academy for Local Governance; The Hague 7 April 2016.
– Towards a new Law on Hydraulic Works to facilitate the implementation of the new National Irrigation Strategy of Vietnam; report May 2016 as part of the World Bank funded project to assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with the development of a National Irrigation Strategy.
– Report May 2016 Mission to Nepal; report on the second workshop regarding the finalizing of the national water policy and water law. Report June 2016.
– Country report Sri Lanka; fact-finding mission ADB-IHE project supporting water legislation in South Asia and South East Asia; October 2016.
– Review of water legislation of Sri Lanka; report December 2016.
– Mission December 2016 report-Nepal; December 2016.
– Lessons learned from the federal water management system of Mexico; presentation national consultation workshop on 19 December 2016 in Kathmandu.

2017:
– Brief assessment of the 1st Draft water Resources Law of Nepal; February 2017.
– Options for the structure of the new Water Resources Law of Nepal; February 2017.
– Outline of issues to be addressed in the Water Resources Law of Nepal based on the Draft National Water Policy; report March 2017.
– Note on the report on restructuring water sector institutions of Nepal; May 2017. (Co-production with Jelle Beekma; team leader institutional component of the Bagmati river basin improvement project).
– Mission July 2017 report- Nepal; July 2017.
– Note on the revised report on restructuring water sector institutions of Nepal; July 2017. (Co-production with Jelle Beekma, team leader institutional component of the Bagmati river basin improvement project).
– Comments on the Draft Act on groundwater protection and regulation of Nepal; report August 2017.
– Mission November 2017 report-Nepal; November 2017.
– Preliminary Draft Water Resources Act of Nepal and Explanatory Elucidation December 2017; commissioned by the Secretariat of the Water and Energy Commission of Nepal.

2018:
– Some additional issues, relevant for the Water Resources Act of Nepal; note March 1018.
– Comment on the draft Bagmati Civilization Development Council Act; June 2018.

2019
– Water Policy in Spain and France; a synopsis; paper February 2019. Guiding paper for a study tour to Spain and France by a selected group of Nepalese parliamentarians and officers.

2020
– Preliminary assessment of the Draft Himachal Pradesh Framers’ Management of Irrigation Systems Act 2019; review report October 2020.
– Common ADB/WB review of the Draft Water Resources (Management and Regulation) Act 2020 of Nepal; review report November 2020.

2021
– Optional structure of Draft Water User Association Act Himachal Pradesh and overview of issues to be addressed in the Act; discussion paper May 2021.

– Preliminary Draft Himachal Pradesh Water User Association Act 2021; July 2021