International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable

 

Chief Scientist

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.

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Education

  • Ph in Systems Design Engineering (2004): University of Waterloo.
  • Master of Sciences – Water Resources Engineering (1993): University of Ottawa.
  • Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering (1990): University of Manitoba.
  • Bachelor of Science – Physics (1987): University of Winnipeg.

Languages

  • English
  • French
Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Agricultural Investment: A sustainable development guidebook
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless, Darren Swanson, Avet Khachtryan, Carter Borden, Karla Zubrycki (March 28, 2014)
Cattails Harvesting for Carbon Offsets and Nutrient Capture: A "Lake Friendly" greenhouse gas project
Paper: Richard Grosshans, Philip Gass, Rosemary Dohan, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless (September 20, 2013)
Cattail (Typha spp.) Harvesting in Manitoba: A legislative and market analysis for operationalization and carbon emission offsets
Paper: Rosemary Dohan, Dimple Roy, Richard Grosshans, Philip Gass, Matthew McCandless, Henry David Venema (July 23, 2013)
Connecting the Bay - Hudson Bay Inland Sea Initiative
April 4, 2013

The Hudson Bay Inland Sea, the largest seasonally ice-covered inland sea in the world, consists of Hudson Strait, Foxe Basin, Hudson Bay, James Bay and Ungava Bay. Its vast seascap...

The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus: Towards A Practical Planning and Decision Support Framework for Landscape Investment and Risk Management
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Darren A. Swanson, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless (February 26, 2013)
Our Lake, Our Solutions: Two years of progress and partnerships
November 30, 2012

This video details progress IISD has made with its partners on the bioeconomy concept since the Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit in 2010, when IISD brought together 150 stakeholders to t...

Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management
Paper: Richard Lawford, Karla Zubrycki, Sina Marx, Henry David Venema (June 22, 2012)
The Role of Water in the Green Economy
Paper: Henry David Venema, Richard Lawford (June 11, 2012)
EcoHealth: Health, Well-Being and Watersheds
Brochure: Karla Zubrycki, Henry David Venema (May 1, 2012)
Ecohealth and Watersheds: Watersheds as Settings for Health and Well-Being in Canada
Paper: Karen Morrison, Margot Parkes, Lars Hallstrom, Cynthia Neudoerffer, Martin Bunch, Henry David Venema (March 29, 2012)
Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit Follow-up Meeting: Our Lake, Our Solutions
Paper: Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Darren A. Swanson (March 22, 2012)
Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management
Brochure: Richard Lawford, Henry David Venema (February 27, 2012)
Ecological Goods and Services: A Review of Best Practice in Policy and Programing
Paper: Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless (September 2, 2011)
Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project
Brochure: Richard Grosshans, Karla Zubrycki, Amanda Hope, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema (May 31, 2011)
Water Security in Canada: Responsibilities of the federal government
Paper: Karla Zubrycki, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, David B. Brooks (May 26, 2011)
Agricultural Participation in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Canada: Four case studies
Paper: Dimple Roy, Bryan Oborne, Karla Zubrycki, Rosemary Dohan, Henry David Venema (May 13, 2011)
Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit: Key concepts and summit rationale
February 11, 2011

Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema introduces key concepts of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit, held in Winnipeg, Canada, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2010. Dr. Venema presents the focus questi...

Netley-Libau Marsh Google Earth Tour
February 7, 2011

Take a video tour of Netley-Libau Marsh (Manitoba, Canada), a major freshwater coastal wetland that lies at the mouth of the Red River and at the south end of Lake Winnipeg, the te...

Hula Valley Google Earth Tour
February 7, 2011

Take a video tour of Hula Valley, Israel, which highlights Lake Agmon, a restored wetland that was once part of an 85 km2 wetland network. Human activity in the valley now includes...

Ñeembucú Wetlands Google Earth Tour
February 7, 2011

Take a video tour of the Ñeembucú Wetlands, Paraguay, an 8,000 km2 wetland complex that provides critical habitat for at least 279 bird species, many of which are mig...

Bio-economy offers solution to province's woes
Commentary: Henry David Venema, John Fjeldsted (November 17, 2010)
Prospects for Mainstreaming Ecosystem Goods and Services in International Policies
Book: M.T.J Kok, S.R. Tyler, A.G. Prins, László Pintér, H. Baumuller, J. Bernstein, E. Tsioumani, Henry David Venema, Richard Grosshans (August 24, 2010)
Hank Venema discusses the need to look at water and land management differently than ever before.
August 11, 2010

Hank Venema, Director of IISD's Sustainable Natural Resources Management program and the institute's Water Innovation Centre, discusses the need to look at water and land m...

Water Quality Trading in the Lake Winnipeg Basin: A multi-level trading system architecture.
Paper: Vivek Voora, Matthew McCandless, Dimple Roy, Bryan Oborne, Henry David Venema (July 13, 2010)
The Manitoba Challenge: Linking Water and Land Management for Climate Adaptation
Book: Henry David Venema, Bryan Oborne, Cynthia Neudoerffer (January 13, 2010)
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Advancing the geoengineering debate at the Arctic Council
Paper: Bjørnar Egede-Nissen, Henry David Venema (September 9, 2009)
Indicators of Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change for Agriculture in the Prairie Region of Canada: Comparison with Field Observations
Paper: Darren A. Swanson, Jim Hiley, Henry David Venema, Richard Grosshans (August 20, 2009)
Understanding Adaptive Policy Mechanisms through Farm-level Studies of Adaptation to Weather Events in Saskatchewan, Canada
Paper: Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Darren A. Swanson, Kent Pearce (July 23, 2009)
Understanding Adaptive Policy Mechanisms Through Farm-level Studies of Adaptation to Weather Events in Alberta, Canada
Paper: Darren A. Swanson, Henry David Venema, Christa Rust, Jennifer Medlock (July 23, 2009)
Multi-Purpose Flood Protection: A rural-urban win-win
Commentary: Henry David Venema (June 11, 2009)
Ecohealth and Watersheds: Ecosystem Approaches to Re-integrate Water Resources Management with Health and Well-being
Paper: Margot W. Parkes, Karen E. Morrison, Martin J. Bunch, Henry David Venema (November 21, 2008)
The Natural Capital Approach: A Concept Paper
Paper: Vivek Voora, Henry David Venema (June 3, 2008)
Full-cost Accounting for Agriculture - Year 2 Report: Valuing Changes in Agri-Environmental Indicators
Paper: Stephan Barg, Darren A. Swanson, Henry David Venema (November 22, 2006)
Field Testing the Draft Canadian Biodiversity Index: A Report on Applying Real Ecosystem Data to the CBI
Paper: Richard Grosshans, Carol Murray, László Pintér, Risa Smith, Henry David Venema (November 22, 2006)
Valuing Changes in Agri-Environmental Indicators
Paper: Stephan Barg, Darren A. Swanson, Henry David Venema (May 31, 2006)
Paddling upstream - water management on the prairies
Commentary: Henry David Venema (October 26, 2005)
Advancing Sustainable Development in Canada: Policy issues and research needs
Book: Stephan Barg, Aaron Cosbey, Heather Creech, William H. Glanville, Marlene Roy, Darren A. Swanson, Henry David Venema, Konrad von Moltke (January 27, 2005)
The Full Costs of Thermal Power Production in Eastern Canada
Paper: Henry David Venema, Stephan Barg (November 20, 2003)
More costly than we think
Commentary: Henry David Venema, Stephan Barg (August 13, 2003)