Two IHE Delft staff members invited to take up eminent positions

IHE Delft is pleased to announce that in the same week, two IHE Delft professors have been invited to assume important positions in international bodies.

Ken Irvine, Professor of Aquatic Ecosystems, has been invited to become a board member of ACARE (African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education). Ken has been involved since 1990 in research on the African Great Lakes, and active in encouraging the coming to fruition of the launch of ACARE in 2017. The, main goal of ACARE “to positively influence policy and management of freshwater resources in East Africa through sound science” aligns extremely well with the mission and work of IHE Delft. . Ken also heads up the Aquatic Ecosystems Chair Group at IHE Delft, whose work focusses on the biogeochemical processes, ecological assessment and capacity development within African wetlands.

Ken comments: “It is an honour to have been invited to join the Board of ACARE, The African Great Lakes are of immense importance for the livelihoods they support and for their rich, often unique, biodiversity. Balancing the need for resource use with the protection of biodiversity, and the benefits that provides for livelihoods requires not only a clear research agenda, but clear communication and involvement with relevant stakeholders. The partnership approach of ACARE is of fundamental importance for successful research outputs and associated educational and capacity development. I very much look forward to being part of this regional initiative.”


Prof. Rosh Ranasinghe, who holds the AXA Chair in Climate Change Impacts and Coastal Risk at IHE Delft and is the Head of IHE’s Department of Coastal and Urban Risk & Resilience, has been appointed as Advisor to the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of Sri Lanka. The mission of MEPA is to “be the guardian of the coastal and ocean environment through awareness, research, public participation, national regional & international coordination, prompt actions and enforcement.” Rosh will contribute to the mission of MEPA through his expertise in coastal engineering, coastal zone management and climate change impacts on coasts.

Rosh’s main activity in this role is providing high level advice to MEPA on how to enhance Blue economy related activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sri Lanka, helping the country to generate more revenue from its abundant Marine and Coastal resources. Rosh is also contributing to the IPCC process at a high level in his position as Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 12 [Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment] in the Working Group 1 report of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC, due to be released in 2021.


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