Partner 1 – Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) 

Wageningen Environmental Research, Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB, Wageningen, the Netherlands

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Wageningen Environmental Research (former name: Alterra) is part of Wageningen University & Research



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Wageningen Environmental Research (former name: Alterra) is the main Dutch centre of expertise on rural and natural areas and engages in strategic and applied research to support policymaking and management at local, national and international level. The Water and Soil Science Centres are involved in both research and education in water, soil and land use. Research is conducted from local to global scale and contributes to sustainable use of water and soil resources and sustainable design and management of the environment. Wageningen Environmental Research is partner in a.o. the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the World Water Council (WWC), the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Climate Change and Biosphere (CCB).

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Role in the project

Project coordinator (WP1), WP2 leader

Past expertise

Within FP5-7 of the EU, Wageningen Environmental Research has been involved, either as coordinator or partner institution, in more than 100 projects, of which more than 20 were devoted to water quantity and water quality aspects. Africa is a priority region for Wageningen Environmental Research. Recent water related EU-funded projects are amongst others RECARE, DESIRE, FLOODSITE, AQUATERRA, AQUASTRESS, HYDRATE, ASEMWATERNET, WATERREUSE and CABRI-VOLGA.




Contact details



Rudi Hessel

Tel: +31 317 486530


Physical geographer, expert in dynamic modelling and model application, execution of scenario analysis, GIS, and designing and executing field work. Coordination of large international projects.

Rudi has significant experience in scientific project coordination over the last 15 years, spanning about 10 EU-funded research projects, including for example DESIRE, eSOTER, and CASCADE. 


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Erik van den Elsen

Tel.: +31 317 486533


Electronic engineer and Internet Technology specialist, soil physicist, soil physical determination methods, designing of field setups. Coordination of large international projects.


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Simone Verzandvoort

Tel.: +31 317 486500 


Physical geographer, Coordination of large international projects.


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Falentijn Assinck

Tel.: +31 317 486529

Environmental scientist, hydrologist. Member of the coordination team.


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Oene Oenema

Tel.: +31 317 486483

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Linda van Kleef Tel.: +31 317 486491

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