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, and Project Management Professional with more than 20 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 December 2015. Client: AETS-Consultants for the European Commission). Role: Team leader. The objective of this assignment is to facilitate a coherent involvement of the EU and its Member States (MS), jointly with the relevant Indian authorities, in 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, as well as the conceptual outline of the IEWP
  • Secretariat of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water (Since August 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 . Development and maintenance of innovation-fostering and communication tools, such as an online marketplace, and the organization and development of meetings of different EIP entities.
  • Implementation of EU Freshwater Policies. Since November 2012. Role: Principal expert. This project requires technical Secretariat Support to two Working Groups under the WFD Common Implementation Strategy: “Programme of Measures” and “Ecological flows”, as well as specific assessments of EU River Basin Management Plans and possible infringements of the WFD.
  • Follow-up of the Communication on Water Scarcity and Droughts. 2009-2012. Client: European Commission, DG Environment. Role Principal expert. Activities developed include Policy implementation support assessment, for the 2007 Communication on Water Scarcity and Droughts. Support to the EU Water Scarcity & Drought Expert Group and Technical Working Groups, Development of a drought and water scarcity indicator system at EU level, Drafting of Annual follow-up reports of the Communication, EU-wide topic lead for the Analysis of 140 River Basin management Plans, Development of different papers: “EU Discussion paper on Environmental Water Allocation”, “EU Review Paper on Definitions on Water Scarcity & Droughts”, “Topic Report on Water Scarcity and Drought in the EU River Basin Management Plans”, etc.), Advice to policy initiatives (UNCCD), policy papers and reports by the European Commission and other institutions. More info at:
  • Water Stewardship Programme for assessing water risks of the current investment and client portfolio of DEG and to develop a water risk filter system, Steps 3 and 5. Development of a Mitigation action toolbox. 2010–2011. Client: WWF Germany & DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH). Role: Principal expert. The online-available Water Risk Filter ( is a Decision-Support-Sysytem targeted to financial institutions to evaluate the water-related risks of their investment portfolio, and to design and implement (together with their clients) risk mitigation measures. Development of an indicator set to reflect water risk types (physical, regulatory, reputation) for 170 countries. Screening analysis of DEG’s investment portfolio of 380 clients in 86 countries against different risk filter criteria and reflection of those results in a global GIS. Develop a mitigation toolbox structured along the different risk types and embedded in the WWF Stewardship steps approach. Identification and development of 80 global case studies, together with industries and local actors to showcase solution-focused approaches for regions and industry sectors. Presentation at Stockholm WWW 2011.

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.