Chris Seijger

Chris Seijger
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Water Resources Management group

PhD MSc

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November 2014 - present
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Position
  • PostDoc Position
October 2014 - April 2017
Deltares
Position
  • Consultant
November 2010 - November 2014
University of Twente
Position
  • PhD Candidate - Interactive Knowledge Development in Coastal Projects

Publications

Publications (31)
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Major land use changes such as deforestation and restoration influence water resources in agriculture–forest landscapes. Changes are observed in water flows, groundwater infiltration, water quality and rainfall. Interdisciplinary water–forest research has unravelled biophysical parts of the interplay that influences forest and water resources. In t...
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While it is increasingly important to strengthen the existing knowledge base in Africa to adequately respond to the rising risks and impacts of climate change on water resources, a significant research gap remains to identify areas and mechanisms to cope with these societal challenges. The aim of the paper is twofold: i) to provide subject-specific...
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In this review, we take stock of 10 research articles that cover strategic delta planning processes in Asia, Europe, and the US. We test working hypotheses about consent, innovations, actor coalitions, and planning tools in different phases. We posit that strategic delta planning is a deliberate effort to influence delta developments, wherein wishf...
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Participatory planning tools are increasingly applied in strategic delta planning processes. Additional to its design criteria, such tools commonly promote a variety of aspects including (1) facilitation of communication, (2) knowledge sharing, (3) social learning, (4) decreasing differences in power, (5) integration between sectors, and (6) suppor...
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This article uses the lens of the Multiple Streams Approach to explore whether the agendas set by political actors in Vietnam converged with the agenda set in the Mekong Delta Plan (MDP). The MDP presents policy choices for the development of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. The plan offers economically attractive, climate adaptive and environmentally...
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A strategic delta plan can alter the course of delta management. Implementation of such a plan essentially involves a change of minds about delta management priorities and strategies for sustainable livelihoods. Such a change of minds, or “soft implementation”, must come before material, or “hard”, implementation can take off. To explore the influe...
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This article uses the lens of the Multiple Streams Approach to explore whether the agendas set by political actors in Vietnam converged with the agenda set in the Mekong Delta Plan (MDP). The MDP presents policy choices for the development of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. The plan offers economically attractive, climate adaptive and environmentally...
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Many urbanised deltas face development challenges due to growing economies, populations and climate change. Changes in land–water strategies are often required, as ‘business-as-usual’ solutions are no longer sufficient. The aim of this paper was to study tidal river management (TRM) as a strategic innovation, and trace how it is appreciated by peop...
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In delta areas, flood protection structures and large-scale land reclamation are preferential water management strategies to cultivate soft delta soils. Over the past decades, river embankments, upstream dams, land reclamation, and groundwater use have intensified, and increasingly contribute to subsidence. In addition, the influence of institution...
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Construction of extensive high dike compartments has spurred land use intensification on the upper floodplains of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Increasingly intense rice-based farming within these compartments has changed the water dynamics of the delta, making it impossible to exploit the erstwhile benefits of floodwaters. Progressive contraction o...
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The OECD Principles on Water Governance aim to contribute to good water governance. Learning and change through assessments are useful ways to strengthen water governance systems. This article presents a methodology for a learning assessment based on the OECD principles. The methodology has been applied to the Dutch Flood Protection Programme. The...
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A brief leaflet to explain our project and share initial lessons learned on delta planning and implementation. The paper was created with input from our consortium members.
Technical Report
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The objective of this research was to explore how scenario analysis and application in delta planning could be embedded in institutions in Bangladesh, on a continuous and enduring basis. By reviewing the National Water Management Plan, the 5 Year Plan and the Bangladesh Delta Plan it can be concluded that different institutions have different not...
Technical Report
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Veel problemen rondom water zijn feitelijk governance vraagstukken doordat samenlevingen voor sociale, economische en politieke opgaven staan om water meer effectief te beheren. Dit geldt ook voor de waterveiligheidsopgave in Nederland. Voor het Hoogwater-beschermingsprogramma (HWBP) is het belangrijkste governancevraagstuk om, in nauwe samenwerkin...
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Sectoral planning on water, agriculture and urban development has not been able to prevent increased flood risks and environmental degradation in many deltas. Governments conceive strategic delta planning as a promising planning approach and develop strategic delta plans. Such plans are linked to actions and means for implementation in the short-te...
Technical Report
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Op dit moment lopen er vier project overstijgende verkenningen (POVs) bij het Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma (HWBP). Deze POVs zijn kennisintensief en er wordt dan ook veel kennis ontwikkeld. Deze kennis is soms te vatten in documenten, maar soms betreft het ervaringskennis, welke moeilijker overdraagbaar is. Het leren tussen de betrokken partijen...
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Bodemdaling is een progressieve opgave die in steeds grotere mate risico’s en kosten met zich meebrengt voor de inwoners van Gouda. De Coalitie Stevige Stad op Slappe Bodem heeft de handen ineen geslagen om te werken aan een robuust toekomstperspectief. De Coalitie hanteert handelingsperspectieven om verschillende manieren te verkennen hoe de opgav...
Technical Report
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Het thema bodemdaling in delta’s krijgt (internationaal) steeds meer erkenning. In Gouda hebben partijen uit de Coalitie ‘Stevige Stad op Slappe Bodem’ de handen ineen geslagen om de problematiek van bodemdaling aan te pakken. De risico’s bij toekomstige voortzetting van bodemdaling zijn namelijk groot, onder andere: toenemende kans op wateroverlas...
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Although the central challenges of sustainable development are well-known, sustainability science has been slow in contributing to effective and feasible solutions for sustainable development. Turning knowledge into action for sustainable development therefore remains a major challenge for sustainability science. Interactive knowledge development i...
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Interactive modes of knowledge production offer a strategy for seeking solutions to complex environmental problems. The outcome of such knowledge production is socially robust knowledge. Social robustness refers to knowledge that is relevant and accepted by actors in the context of its application. This is achieved when knowledge is credible, salie...
Book
The fit between knowledge and policy on the Wadden Sea can and must be improved. Such is the recommendation of an interdisciplinary group of Dutch researchers who since 2013 have been collaborating on action strategies for better knowledge-policy interactions. The idea that ‘more knowledge will produce better policy’ or that ‘research will solve o...
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Van frustratie naar integratie: Handelingsperspectieven om kennis en beleid over de Waddenzee beter op elkaar aan te laten sluiten
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How can knowledge help to produce better policy for the Wadden Sea? This is the question that our research projects have sought to answer. Although the Wadden region offers many fine examples of knowledge development that is effectively aligned with policy issues, we can see that the relationship between knowledge and policy is often far from optim...
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A sustainable future of the coastal environment is severely at risk since the coasts are deteriorating and human dependence on coastal space and resources continues to increase. Seeking solutions for coastal development is challenging. Problems of flood control, nature restoration and spatial development are complex, cover multiple interests of for...
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Coastal decision-making is impacted by global climate change and region-specific changes related to population growth, economic activities and the natural environment. This results in complex and interdependent problems. Addressing these problems requires the involvement of decision-makers, researchers and other societal actors in knowledge product...
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Various concepts have been developed that refer to interactive modes of knowledge production. Examples such as Mode 2 knowledge and post-normal science highlight the involvement of researchers, decision makers and other societal actors, in order to develop relevant knowledge for decision making. Existing research into such modes of knowledge develo...
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Coastal defence projects intend to develop solutions in a highly dynamic environment. The coastal zone is characterized by expanding cities, rising flood risks, economic activity, and a threatened natural environment. Developing relevant knowledge for solutions in coastal defence projects is therefore a challenge, which is further complicated by a...

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Questions (2)
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Hello,
I am supervising a PhD study on water and irrigation in Egypt. To submerge in the context I would like to read a good environmental history book about Egypt and the Nile covering the period 1800-2000s.
Some books I already found:
Jennifer Derr (2019) The Lived Nile: Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt
Alan Mikhail (2017) Under Osman's Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History
What is your recommendation, and why?
Thanks in advance for your time to read and answer this question!
Kind regards
Chris Seijger
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I am interested to what extent drones could be used to monitor overuse of fertilizer and pesticides. Drones are frequently used to identify when crops require fertilizer. A very relevant matter for farmers when agrochemicals are expensive or little available. Yet in several countries farmers are used to overuse fertilizer and pesticides (e.g. parts of India, China, Vietnam). I wonder whether drones could thus be used to detect overuse, and thus reduce excessive use of agropesticides that are in the end better for farmers and the environment?
Looking forward to hear your insights!

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The Strategic Delta Planning project aims to better understand the dynamics of delta planning. More specifically we focus on the role of strategic delta planning processes in enabling consent among key stakeholders over strategic priorities and innovative solutions, and we explore if consent is sufficiently stable to allow for implementation. We study the Bangladesh Delta Plan, the Mekong Delta Plan in Vietnam and the Dutch Delta Plan, while taking into account the different contexts of politics, planning, and culture. We study these dynamics from different perspectives: actor coalitions, innovations, and participatory planning tools. (more information at: http://strategic-delta-planning.un-ihe.org/)