Living with Water: Lessons from Rotterdam

Calendar 12 February 2019 
Time 11.00 am – 12.30 pm. Registration from 10.30am, seated by 11.00am 
Location  MND Auditorium, MND Annex A, 5 Maxwell Road Singapore 069110
Calendar Office Attire
Calendar Free event. RSVP required.
cpd 2 BOA-SIA CPD pts, 2 SIP CPD pts, 1 SILA CPD pt

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.


Lecture Poster (295 KB)
Mr Johan Verlinde's Slides (7.9MB)


Climate-proofing a city in the face of increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather events is a challenge. Few cities feel this more urgently than Rotterdam, which lies below sea level. Large scale protective physical infrastructure is not always possible due to limited space or other resources. Instead, strategies like multi-functionality and citizen engagement have emerged as key solutions in adapting cities to climate uncertainty. The way forward involves living with increased presence of water, as issues of sea level rise and urban flooding become realities.

In this lecture, Mr. Johan Verlinde will share Rotterdam’s cutting edge efforts and plans to adapt to the effects of climate change.


Mr Johan Verlinde 

Program Manager
Rotterdam Climate Adaption Plan

Johan Verlinde graduated at the Technical University Delft with a bachelor in Civil Engineering and a master in Water management. He works for the City of Rotterdam as the program manager of the Rotterdam Deltaplan Climate Adaptation. The goal of the plan is to take the next step in preparing the city for climate hazards like heavy rainfall, heat and drought. This is done in close collaboration with citizens, private sector, social housing corporations, water boards and more. Besides climate adaptive measures in the public space, where space is scarce, climate proofing the private space will become more and more important. He also works with various different international cooperation’s to share and gain knowledge on climate adaptation.


Mr Tan Nguan Sen

Senior Consultant  
PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency

Mr Tan Nguan Sen currently holds the post of Senior Consultant in PUB. In over 30 years of public service, he served in various capacities in the key operational departments in PUB and the job scope ranged from policy development, planning and design work, project management and operations and maintenance. He has played a pivotal role in driving stormwater management, water resource and sustainability initiatives for Singapore and PUB, including the development of the ABC Waters Programme. As part of PUB’s plans to tackle climate change, he is also heavily involved as a Project Director of floating solar PV and climate adaptation projects



Dr Winston Chow

Assistant Professor Department of Geography
National University of Singapore

Dr Winston Chow is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore researching on how cities affect weather & climate, and how weather & climate affects cities. He is a Principal Investigator for the Cooling Singapore initiative , and was recently selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be a Lead Author for their Cities chapter in the Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change due in 2021. He enjoys talking and writing about these research issues, and he tweets sporadically on many topics (unrelated to climate change) at @winstontlchow


Poster Image Courtesy of Mr Johan Verlinde