Uniting Dutch water expertise

NWP is the first point of call for its members in the Netherlands who are seeking expertise and partnerships internationally. Adept at matchmaking, NWP organised several ‘members only’ events in 2018 to bring together its growing network.

The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is the largest international water network in the Netherlands. 

Building partnerships
2018 was the year that we said goodbye to our managing director Lennart Silvis. His knowledge of the water sector and his ability of building partnerships made NWP the largest international water network in the Netherlands. In his farewell blog on the occasion of the NWP matchmaking event he said:

“Building partnerships is extremely important for tackling water challenges. Water is comprehensive and has an great interdependence with so many other sectors and stakeholders. So if you want to be successful, you have to find the right partners.”

Members only

In 2018 NWP organised members-only activities such as the Member Meet-Up at Boskalis, the NWP matchmaking event and the exclusive Masterclass by MDF Training & Consultancy.



Strong collaborative alliance
NWP is a not-for-profit organisation and forms a strong collaborative alliance. Its board of trustees each represent a branch of the water sector, including corporations, governments, water boards, knowledge institutions and NGOs.

NWP’s daily operations are managed by a managing director and management team. NWP has approximately 35 employees at its office in The Hague.

NWP board in 2018

  • Sybe Schaap
    Chair of the board
  • Cees Brandsen, Rijkswaterstaat
    On behalf of the Government of the Netherlands
  • Wim Drossaert, Dunea
    On behalf of the drinking water companies
  • Peter-Willem Hatenboer, Hatenboer-Water
    On behalf of manufacturers and suppliers
  • Daniëlle Hirsch, Both ENDS
    On behalf of NGOs
  • Menno Holterman, Nijhuis Industries
  • Jan Huijbers, Van den Herik
    On behalf of contractors and construction companies
  • Peter de Jong, Witteveen+Bos
    On behalf of consultants
  • Hein Pieper, Waterschap Rijn en IJssel
    On behalf of governmental agencies
  • Ron Thiemann, Deltares
    On behalf of knowledge institutes


> > Download the NWP 2018 financial statement (in Dutch only).

New look & feel
In 2018 we launched our new website and re-designed our newsletter in English, because we have more and more international readers. And of course, we deal with international water challenges and interact with the international water sector.



The network of NWP comprises of about 200 Dutch organisations in the water sector with international ambitions. Its members include companies, government agencies, knowledge institutions and NGOs with one thing in common – to join forces for sustainable water solutions worldwide.

>> Have a look at the NWP Members


This annual report is a publication of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP)

Anita de Wit (NWP) and Joanna Bouma (Pelagia Communications)

Anita de Wit (NWP), Team NWP and Joanna Bouma (Pelagia Communications)

Istock Photo, Rob Kamminga, Audrey Legat, Nils Petter Nilsson, Guus Schoonewille, Annemieke van Zuylen, IWA, Jac van Tuijn.

Design and development

Please contact us for more information on this report, becoming a NWP member or for other questions:

Netherlands Water Partnership
PO Box 82327, 2508 EH Den Haag
+31 (0)70 304 3700 | info@nwp.nl

Please request prior permission of NWP before publicising or duplicating anything contained within this publication.


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