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Jay O'Keeffe 

Professor Jay O'Keeffe is currently back in South Africa (where he will be contributing to a number of research and consultancy projects) after 6 years as WWF Professor of Freshwater Ecosystems in the Department of Environmental Resources at UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands.

Prof O'Keeffe's main research interests are in rivers and in catchment management planning, with a particular focus on flow requirements to maintain the ecological functioning of rivers, and the resulting goods and services which they provide for people. He was involved in the development of the environmental principles which were included in the 1998 South African Water Act. He is a strong advocate of integrated water resource management and, as the former Director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR) in South Africa, he facilitated multi-disciplinary teams to solve problems at a catchment scale.

As WWF Professor, Prof O’Keeffe initiated a series of training and capacity building projects to assess environmental flows in river basins where WWF has teams working. To date, as well as post-graduate courses in Delft, research and training courses have been completed, or are in progress, in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Bosnia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, China, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico.

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