Hein Pieper is chairman of dutch water authority Rijn and IJssel and board member of the Association of Dutch Water Authorities. Regional water management in the Netherlands is largely the responsibility of the regional water authorities. The regional water authorities are experts on water level management, water quality management, adapting to climate change, dredging, and wastewater treatment. In international perspective, Dutch Water Authorities builds long term partnerships with organisations for regional water governance. The aim is to be a sparring partner; reciprocity and respect for each other’s context is key. Pieper has also been member of the Dutch Parliament and is theologian.