PROFESSORSHIP CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
The professorship Circular Economy and Water Resources Management engages in topics concerning sustainable exploitation of the deltas and related ecosystem services. Deltas are some of the most fertile and most productive landscape types of our earth. One in 15 people lives and works in a flat country veined by rivers. Therefore it’s not surprising that precisely in these deltas tension rises between making money, the quality of the environment and ecological resilience.
The Netherlands have enough experience to come to creative solutions together with public and private parties in so-called Living Labs or Experimental Gardens, while maintaining a balance between the various interests. Water-related knowledge has become one of our most important export products. Not only concerning the protection against floods but also shipping, water purification and water management in agriculture.
We are on the threshold of a great global change when it comes to the arrangement, exploitation and management of our deltas. The effects of climate change and the ever-growing population ask for a fundamentally different approach to the way we use ecosystem services. We need to step away from the linear economy that’s based on producing and consuming as much and as cheap as possible, and take steps toward a circular economy where waste hardly exists anymore and more attention is paid to our well-being. Technological innovations (CleanTech & Smart Engineering), new forms of cooperation and business models show us that the circular economy is no longer fiction.