director ! thomas dworak
policy experts ! maria berglund ! nikolaus fleischmann ! daniela hohenwallner-ries ! magdalena rogger ! linda romanovska ! guido schmidt ! thomas thaler
event managers ! christine matauschek ! michaela matauschek
categories ! Climate Change Adaptation ! Inland Water ! Environmental Economics ! Agriculture ! Coastal and Marine !

Guido Schmidt

Policy Expert


Guido Schmidt is German PhD Environmental Planning Engineer, with more than 25 years work experience. He has participated in >100 projects to better understand, prevent and/or solve water and environmental problems and conflicts. He has also published some books and technical articles, including several handbooks and analysis of good practice, and co-organized and participated in about 200 seminars, workshops, master courses and conferences. In the past years he has been involved in the following key projects:

  • Support to developing the India-EU Water Partnership (Since 2015. Clients: AETS-Consultants and GIZ for the European Commission). Role: Team leader and Key Expert. The Partnership aims to facilitate a stronger involvement of the EU and its Member States (MS), jointly with the relevant Indian authorities, in improving water management in India, e.g. the development of River Basin Management Plans, the establishment of ecological flows, better groundwater management, the improved collection and use of data, and the Clean Ganga initiative of the Government of India and establish a concrete example of EU-India relations where the EU and its MS are engaged as key players and act in a coordinated and complementary manner, to allow the replication of EU policies and best practices and facilitate opportunities on water issues for EU companies. Specific activities include the development of workshops, business meetings and fora.
  • Secretariat of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water (Since 2012. Client: European Commission, DG Environment). Role: Team coordinator. The overall objective of the EIP Water is to support and facilitate the development of innovative solutions to deal with the many water related challenges Europe and the world are facing, as well as to support economic growth by bringing such solutions to the market. Our team has supported the preparation of a Strategic Implementation Plan, the EIP Water governance structure and further analysis of barriers; as well as 29 Action Groups involving overall 600 partner organisations in their way to develop, implement or commercialize water innovation. We have developed and maintained innovation-fostering and communication tools, such as an online marketplace, and organised four major conferences and meetings of different EIP entities.
  • Follow-up of the Implementation of EU Freshwater Policies and Assessment of RBMPs and FRMPs (Since 2012. Client: European Commission, DG Environment). Role: Principal expert. This project requires technical Secretariat Support to Working Groups under the WFD Common Implementation Strategy: “Programme of Measures” and “Ecological flows” to develop a European guidance document, as well as specific assessments of EU River Basin Management Plans, Flood Risk Management Plans and possible infringements of the WFD.
  • Nexus Assessment in South East Europe (Since 2017. Client: GWP-Med). The aim of this project is to gain an overview on the level of integration of management of natural resources related to Nexus (i.e. water, energy, land and environment), the interlinkages and potential benefits, trade-offs and conflicts among Nexus sectors and of the level and status of cooperation for the management of transboundary basins in the SEE2020 region. The tasks include Organization of work, Collection of information and data, Development of country and overall reports for the SEE2020 economies (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia).
  • Mongolia: Improvement of Guideline on River Basin Council establishment (2017. Client: 2030 Water Resources Group (World Bank Group)). Within the frame of its activities in Mongolia to “strengthening water governance at river basin level” by facilitating cooperation and building capacities, 2030 WRG aimed with this consultancy to improve and renew the existing guidelines (Order A-124 MET on River Basin Council (RBC) establishment, 2013) and to enable the RBC activity in the frame of the law and guideline. The tasks included international research, interviews and meetings, a workshop and the preparation of a reviewed guidelines text and other recommendations for improving water governance in Mongolia.

In the past few years, Guido has also worked on the following other topics: Climate change, Ecosystems, Water efficiency, Floods, SEA and EIA, Protected areas, Ramsar wetlands, Water infrastructure, Works supervision, Due diligence, Supply chains, Public involvement, and others. Guido Schmidt is fluent in English, German, and Spanish; and has worked in Europe, Latin America, the MENA region and Asia.