Henk Ovink, first-ever ambassador for water worldwide, to visit Miami-Dade and advise on sea level rise on May 21
Miami-Dade County’s Office of Resilience and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will host the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Henk Ovink, for an event on sea level rise adaptation on May 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Media is invited to attend from 3 to 3:30 p.m. for a special press conference with Mr. Ovink.
Mr. Ovink will begin with a short speech before conducting an interactive workshop with high school and college students. The students will pair with engineering, climate change, architecture, urban design and public policy professionals to brainstorm creative ways that Miami-Dade can adapt to rising sea levels in the next 40 years. Mr. Ovink will wrap up the event with thoughts about what he heard during the workshop as well as advice for how Miami-Dade can best move forward in the face of sea level rise.
This workshop is part of the public outreach engagement process for Miami-Dade County’s sea level rise strategy project. The overall project objective is to identify implementable and financially feasible sea level rise adaptation strategies that will work over the short-, medium- and long-term. The project has included a series of stakeholder interviews, public workshops and open-house events across the county. There is also an online survey available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole available for those who are unable to attend one of the events. Public input is critical to the project’s success and will be incorporated throughout every stage.
Henk Ovink was appointed in 2015 by the Government of the Netherlands as the first special envoy for international water affairs. As the first ambassador for water worldwide, he travels around the world advocating water awareness , focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and non-governmental organizations to address the world’s pressing needs on water, and helping initiate transformative interventions. In his role as Sherpa to the UN/WorldBank High Level Panel on Water, Ovink helps catalyze change in water awareness and implementation.