During 25 years as an integrated water management consultant, I came to realize the importance of the interaction between the engineering world and the human world of livelihood of local communities. Water management challenges seldom deal with isolated water issues, but always involves societal challenges and problems as well. I always try to explore this interaction between engineering and governance to develop strategies to deal with the hydrological challenges. Water engineering is only worth the effort we spend on it, if and only if, it ensures improvement of the life situation of the people.


  • independent consultant integrated water resources management

  • strategic water management plans and dynamic adaptation pathways

  • scenario development and scenario analysis

  • hydrologic modeling, participative modeling, rapid assessment modeling

  • integrating water management and socio-economics

  • serious gaming for water and society

  • urban, rural, regional, national, continental

  • the netherlands, europe and eu, bangladesh, pakistan, china, thailand


Willem van Deursen, Carthago Consultancy
Schiekade 189 - unit 5.08
3013 BR Rotterdam
The Netherlands