Hank Venema

Director of Planning, Prairie Climate Centre

Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema is a professional engineer with a diverse natural resource background spanning water resources, agriculture, energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, rural development, ecosystem management, environmental economics and environmental finance.

From 2004 to 2013, Dr. Venema has led IISD’s research on water and agricultural issues in pioneering the application of natural capital principles to water management challenges in Western Canada. In 2009, he led the creation of IISD’s Water Innovation Centre with an initial mandate to build a strategic vision for Lake Winnipeg Basin management based on leading-edge policy, management and technological concepts.

Dr. Venema has collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Water Systems Project, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In Canada, he has worked with the federal departments of Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and within Manitoba, for the provincial departments of Water Stewardship and Conservation.

His research has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Water Resources, Water International, the Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Development, the Journal of Environmental Management, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change and Global Environmental Change, Biomass and Bioenergy, European Journal of Operations Research, and Annals of Operations Research. His research has been widely cited by the IPCC's Third and Fourth Assessment Reports on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Dr. Venema also served as an expert consultant on cross-cutting issues and as a Working Group 2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) reviewer for the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report.

Dr. Venema's PhD research concerns landscape-based systems models for integrated rural development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Dr. Venema's field experience includes lengthy assignments with Environment et Development Action (ENDA) in Senegal, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India. Dr. Venema has also lived and worked in Sweden and Ethiopia on research and consulting assignments.


Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transportation infrastructure

This policy brief looks at measures that cities can take to improve their transportation infrastructure in order to build resilience to climate change impacts.

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Building a Climate-Resilient City: Water supply and sanitation systems

This policy brief looks at measures that cities can take to improve water supply and sanitation systems in order to build their resilience to climate change impacts.

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Building a Climate-Resilient City: Electricity and information and communication technology infrastructure

This policy brief looks at measures related to electricity and ICT infrastructure that cities can use to build their resilience to climate change impacts.

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Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment

This policy brief looks at ways cities can build resilience in the built environment through climate-robust design options.

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Hank is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Cities and climate change

Views on trends, challenges, findings and case studies of cities adapting throughout the world.
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Economics of adaptation

Assessing the costs of adaptation using multiple lines of evidence.
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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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