Guido Schmidt

Guido Schmidt

Guido Schmidt is a German PhD Environmental Planning Engineer, with more than 25 years of 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 (2015-2020. 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 (2012-2020. Client: European Commission, DG Environment). Role: Team leader. 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 (2017-2018. 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: Implementing innovative approaches for improved water governance (Since 2018. Client: Asian Development Bank & Ministry of Environment and Tourism). This technical assistance to the Government of Mongolia aims to 1) develop river basin policy recommendations, 2) implement a capacity building program for river basin administration, and 3) define and develop actions and approaches for better river basin management, including the development of several pilot projects for water security, addressing managed aquifer recharge, hydrometeorological monitoring, water pollution effluent monitoring and water pollution fee implementation. Fresh-Thoughts was engaged as Specialists for International Institutional Water Management and Capacity Development.

In the past few years, Guido has also worked on the following other topics: Climate change adaptation, 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.

associated projects

Amazon data center water risk analysis
Analysis of draft River Basin Management Plans in Europe
Assessing interactions between the EU Water Framework and the Nature Directives
Assessment CAP 2020+
Assessment of the contributions of the Spanish Rural development Plans 2014-2020 to the achievement of WFD objectives
Assessment of the status of water bodies and ecosystems in Doñana
Body of Knowledge “Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe”
Central project evaluation of the project Sustainable management of biodiversity in the Southern Caucasus
Climate Europe Festival Workshop Moderation
Conference on water, climate change, and adaptation
DRYing rivER networks (DRYvER)
Environmental Protection of Lake Sevan UNDP Component (EU4Sevan)
EU Switch to Green and Water Facilities
EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership tendering
EU-Iran environment and climate change exchanges
European Drought Observatory
Evaluation of Horizon 2020 applications
Floods Directive and Water Framework Directive Compliance check
Framework contract for services related to coordination between the different marine regions in implementing the ecosystem approach
Framework on Climate Change Policy
Good Cases of Water Framework Directive Implementation in Europe
Implementing Innovative Approaches for Improved Water Governance
Independent Review of Water Projects
Innovative tools and solutions for governing the water-energy-food-ecosystems NEXUS under global change (GoNEXUS)
Mid-term evaluation of the GIZ-EDEKA-SAB Miller Water Stewardship Strategic Alliance
Mid-term review of GIZ
Mongolia: Improvement of Guideline on River Basin Council establishment
Nexus Assessment in South East Europe
Nexus Gaza
Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment
Preparation of the “Nexus Assessment Reports in six South East Europe Economies”
Quality Review of a report on drought risk management
Resilience Strategies for Regions (REGILIENCE)
Strategic support to the ECODES Foundation (Spain)
Streamlining water into Rural development Programmes
Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water
Support the Commission in the implementation of international water cooperation
Support to a Workshop on River Basin Management and Rural development Programmes in Andalusia (Spain)
Support to the India-EU Water Partnership
Support to the International Water Management Institute
Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)
Technical assessments on Member States’ compliance with the applicable European Union environmental legislation
Theory of change and Roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain)
Water & Sanitation knowledge networks and innovation in Bolivia
Water for the Green Deal
Water Resources and River Rejuvenation “Centre of Excellence” in Uttar Pradesh & Development of a Blueprint for Water accounting for India
Water Risk assessment for Citrus production in Southern Spain
Water Stewardship in Spain
Water Strategy Germany
WE@EU Web based Joint Action Plan Dynamization
WFD and FD Framework Contract 2016+
Workshop “Challenges in River Basin Management and Rural development”
WWF Report on Irrigation Modernization


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