Erik de Ruijter van Steveninck

Senior Lecturer in Aquatic and Marine Ecology


Dr Erik de Ruijter van Steveninck is aquatic and marine ecologist at IHE Delft. He brings in almost 30 years of experience in research and education related to ecological processes, mainly in rivers (plankton development and water quality) and coastal zones (coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves).

After focusing on departmental management for about 10 years, his main interest is in education and capacity building. Some of his main past and present activities include:

  • development and delivery,  jointly with UNEP-GPA, of the course ‘Improving municipal wastewater management in coastal cities’. Over 1,800 experts from 67 countries have benefited from this training;
  • development of the Cap-Net/IHE Delft training manual 'IWRM as a tool for adaptation to climate change' and ‘Ecological Functions and Services in IWRM’;
  • annual delivery of the IHE Delft on-line course and face-to-face course 'IWRM as a tool for adaptation to climate change' and delivery of a number of related short courses for various target groups;
  • coordination of the training/study tours programme within the EU-CHINA River Basin Management Programme; and
  • coordination of the SIDS programmes at IHE Delft;
  • implementation of NPT, NICHE and OKP  capacity building programmes on:
    • Water and Environmental Resources Management at the National University of Rwanda;
    • Coastal Zone Management at the Ha Noi Water Resources University in Viet Nam;
    • Water Quality Monitoring at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa;
    • Capacity Development for IWRM in Myanmar at Yangon Technology University and Myanmar Maritime University;
    • Capacity Development for ICZM in Indonesia at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya and Institut Teknologi Bandung; and
    • ICZM for Sustainable Development in Central Java at Universitas Diponegoro in Semarang.


Erik de Ruijter van Steveninck has lived and worked in the Caribbean and has carried out projects in SE Asia, Africa and Latin America.



  • Seyedabdolhossein, M., Filatova, T., Dastgheib, A., Ruyter van Steveninck, E. de, Ranasinghe, R. (2018). Quantifying Economic Value of Coastal Ecosystem Services: A Review. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 6: 1-5
  • Wehn, Uta, Irvine, Kenneth, Jaspers, Frank, Douven, Wim, Pathirana, Assela, Ruyter, Erik de (2015). Strengthening Water Governance in the Global South: Role and International Experiences of UNESCO-IHE in Capacity Development. Water Governance 5: 26-34
  • Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc, Ruyter van Steveninck, Erik D. de (2013). Production function of planted mangroves in Thanh Phu Natural Reserve, Mekong Delta,Vietnam. Journal of Coastal Research:
  • Uddin, Md.S., Ruyter van Steveninck, E., Stuip, Mishka, Aminur Rahman Shah, Mohammad (2013). Economic valuation of provisioning and cultural services of a protected mangrove ecosystem: A case study on Sundarbans Reserve Forest. Ecosystem Services:
  • Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc, Suzuki, Tomohiro, Ruyter van Steveninck, Erik D. de, Hoang Hai (2013). Modelling the impacts of mangrove vegetation structure on wave dissipation in Ben Tre Province, Viet Nam, under different climate change scenarios. Journal of Coastal Research:
  • Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc, Ruyter van Steveninck, Erik de, Bresser, Ton (2012), Mangroves Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change along Tropical Coasts (PRoACC Policy Brief), Retrieved from:
  • O’Keeffe,  J.H., Lens P., de Ruyter van Steveninck E.D., Douven W., van Dam A., van der Steen P. (2009). The environmental integrity of freshwater resources. In: Alaerts, G., Dickinson, N. (eds). Water for a changing world - developing local knowledge and capacity”, CRC Press, London. ISBN 978 0 415 47757 4
  • Cap-Net, IHE Delft (2009). IWRM as a tool for adaptation to climate change. Training manual & facilitator's guide
  • Ochieng H, Ruyter van Steveninck, E.D. de, Wanda, F.M. (2008). Mouthpart deformities in Chironomidae (Diptera) as indicators of heavy metal pollution in northern Lake Victoria, Uganda. African Journal of Aquatic Science 33: 135-142
  • Uy, Wilfredo H. Della Grace G. Bacaltos, Francis Fletcher M. Freire, Pedro M. Avenido, Elnor C. Roa, Romell A. Seronay, Dorothy G. Lacuna, Rene N. Rollon, Erik de Ruyter van Steveninck & Rea Malou Coronado (2006) A Comprehensive Analysis of the Ecological Factors for the Development of Strategies to Sustain Coastal Biodiversity and to Improve Fish Stock Management in Northeastern Mt Malindang. SEAMEO-SEARCA Report
  • Bos A, Gijzen H.J., Hilderink H., Moussa M.S., de Ruyter E., Niessen L. (2005).  Health benefits versus costs of water supply and sanitation. Water 21: 3135-3137
  • Klein, H., Douben, K.J., Deursen, W. van, Ruyter van Steveninck, E.D. de (2004). Increasing climate variability in the Rhine basin: business as usual? In: Aerts, J., Droogers, P. (eds). Climate change in contrasting river basins, Cabi Publishing, pp 133-156
  • Rollon, R.R., Ruyter van Steveninck, E.D. de, Vierssen, W. van, (2003). Spatio-temporal variation in sexual reproduction of the tropical seagrass Enhalus acoroides (L.f.) Royle in Cape Bolinao, NW Philippines. Aquat. Bot. 76: 339-354


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