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Dr Fabrice Renaud

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Head of Section

Tel.: + 49-228-815-0211



Fabrice is originally from France and holds a PhD in agronomy (soil physics) from the University of Arkansas, USA, an MSc in Agricultural Engineering (soil conservation) from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK, and a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures des Techniques d’Outre-Mer (DESTOM)  in Tropical Agroeconomics (land management) from the Institut Supérieur des Techniques d’Outre Mer, France. He has broad expertise in environmental sciences. He has worked on rural development projects in Namibia and in Thailand. More recently, Fabrice was a lecturer at Cranfield University in the UK and was involved in pesticide fate research including pesticide fate modeling.

Working Area at UNU-EHS

Fabrice has been with UNU-EHS since September 2004 and heads the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services (EVES) Section. He served as Director ad interim of the Institute from August 2009 to May 2011. At UNU-EHS, he is responsible for carrying out research on and developing concepts and projects dealing with the environmental dimension of vulnerability; ecosystem services in the context of disaster risk reduction; the resilience of social-ecological systems to external shocks; water pollution and human and ecosystem exposure to such pollution; and land degradation processes particularly in the context of climate change. He supervises MSc and PhD scholars and is involved in capacity development activities both in academia and in training seminars and workshops. Fabrice serves as UNU focal point to various international processes such as the IPCC, is the UNU alternate to UN-Water and represents the Institute in the UN/ISDR Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Since August 2013 and for a period of two years, Fabrice is based in Jakarta, Indonesia on behalf of UNU’s Vice Rectorate in Europe where, in addition to continue leading UNU-EHS’  EVES team, he develops research, education and institutional links between UNU-EHS and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.


  • WASCAL: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use. A large-scale research-focused programme initiated to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change.
  • WISDOM: Water-related Information System for the sustainable Development of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Coordinator of all UNU-EHS activities in this 18-partners project.

  • DELTAS: Development of a science-based integrative modeling framework to assess delta vulnerability and guide sustainable management and policy decisions at the regional and local scales. Co-lead of the Global Delta Vulnerability Index work package

  • IWQGES: Development of International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems. Jointly manage the scientific process towards the Guidelines on behalf of UNEP

  • emBRACE: Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe. Working on one case study in the UK.
  • KASUS: Remote Sensing Based Technologies and Models for Sustainable Water and Land Management Concepts in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. This project is coordinated by the German Aerospace Centre.

Recently completed projects

  • PALM: Sustainable Land Management in the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai Mountains. This is an Integrated and Transboundary Initiative in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) which aims to address the interlinked problems of poverty and land degradation in the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai Mountains. Fabrice is the coordinator of this GEF project.

  • CLICO: Climate Change, Hydro-Conflicts and Human Security. Responsible for two case study areas (Egypt and Niger) and for the Synthesis Report.

  • MOVE: Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe. The role of the EVES section in this EC-funded project is to investigate the links between vulnerability and the disruption of ecosystem services during floods and droughts in the Bonn-Cologne urban areas.

Other activities

Publications (selection)

N. D. G. Chau, Z. Sebesvari, W. Amelung, F. G. Renaud (2015) : Pesticide pollution of multiple drinking water sources in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: evidence from two provinces , Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Renaud F.G., Thi Thu Huong Le, Lindener C., Vo Thi Guong, Sebesvari Z. (2014): Resilience and shifts in agro-ecosystems facing increasing sea-level rise and salinity intrusion in Ben Tre Province, Mekong Delta. Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1113-4.

Kloos J. and Renaud F.G. (2014): Organic cotton production as an adaptation option in north-west Benin. Outlook on Agriculture 43:91-100.

Wilbers G.-J., Sebesvari Z. and Renaud F.G. (2014): Piped-water supplies in rural areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: Water quality and household perceptions. Water 6:2175-2194.

Wilbers G.-J., Becker M., Sebesvari Z., Renaud F.G. (2014): Spatial and temporal variability of surface water pollution in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Science of the Total Environment 485-486:653-665.

Sušnik J., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S, Baumert N., Kloos J., Renaud F.G., La Jeunesse I., Mabrouk B., Savić D.A., Kapelan Z., Ludwig R., Fischer G., Roson R., Zografos C. (2014): Interdisciplinary assessment of sea-level rise and climate change impacts on the lower Nile delta, Egypt. Science of the Total Environment http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.111.

Welle T., Depietri Y., Angignard M., Birkmann J., Renaud F. and Greiving S. (2014): Vulnerability assessment to heat waves, floods, and earthquakes using the MOVE framework: Test case Cologne, Germany. In: Assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards. A European perspective (eds. J. Birkmann, S. Kienberger and D.E. Alexander). Elsevier, San Diego, pp 91-124.

Renaud, F.G. (2013): Environmental Components of Vulnerability. In: Birkmann, J. (Ed.): Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. Towards Disaster Resilient Societies. United Nations University Press, Tokyo. pp. 109-126.

Renaud, F. and, R. Murti (2013). Ecosystems and disaster risk reduction in the context of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – a scoping study. Working paper No. 10. Bonn: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Renaud, F.G.; Sudmeier-Rieux, K.; Estrella, M. (Eds) (2013): The role of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction. UNU-Press, Tokyo.

Renaud F.G., Syvitski J.P.M., Sebesvari Z., Werners S.E., Kremer H. , Kuenzer C., Ramesh R., Jeuken A., Friedrich J. (2013): Tipping from the Holocene to the Anthropocene: how threatened are major world deltas? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5:644-654. 

Depietri Y., Welle T. and Renaud F.G. (2013): Social vulnerability assessment of the Cologne urban area (Germany) to heat waves: links to ecosystem services. International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction 6:98-117.

Gain, K., Apel, H., Renaud, F., & Giupponi, C. (2013). Thresholds of hydrologic flow regime of a river and investigation of climate change impact—the case of the Lower Brahmaputra river Basin. Climate Change, 120: 463-475.

Wilbers, G., Sebesvari, Z., Rechenburg, A., & Renaud, F. (2013). Effects of local and spatial conditions on the quality of harvested rainwater in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Environmental Pollution 182, 225-232.

Kloos, J., Gebert, N., Rosenfeld, T., & Renaud, F. (2013). Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human  Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the  Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel. Report No. 10. Bonn: United  Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Pham Van Toan; Sebesvari, Z.; Bläsing, M.; Rosendahl, I.; Renaud, F.G. (2013): Pesticides in the Mekong Delta Vietnam – application practices and residues in sediment, surface and drinking water. Science of the Total Environment 452-453:28-39.

Renaud, F.G.; Kuenzer, C. (Eds.) (2012): The Mekong Delta System. Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta. Springer Environmental Science and Engineering, Springer.

Renaud, F.; Wirkus, L. (2012): Water, climate change and human security: conflict and migration. In: Bigas, H. (Ed.):The global water crisis: addressing an urgent security issue. UNU-INWEH, Hamilton, pp. 34-45.

Pachova, N.; Renaud, F.; Hirsch, D.; Anarbaev, M.; Mamatov, T.; Ergashev, M.; Olimov, I. (2012): Towards sustainable land management in the Pamir-Alai Mountains. Policy Brief No. 5. Bonn: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Gain, A.K.; Giupponi, C.; Renaud, F.G. (2012): Climate Change Adaptation and Vulnerability Assessment of Water Resources Systems in Developing Countries: A Generalized Framework and a Feasibility Study in Bangladesh. In: Water. vol. 4(2), pp. 345-366. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Depietri Y.; Renaud F.G.; Kallis, G. (2012): Heat waves and floods in urban areas: a policy-oriented review of ecosystem services. In: Sustainability Science 7. pp. 95-107.

Renaud, F.G.; Dun, O.; Warner, K.; Bogardi, J. (2011): A decision framework for environmentally induced migration. In: International Migration. vol. 49, no. S1, pp. e5-e29. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Marre, K.; Renaud, F. (2011): Differentials in Impacts and Recovery in the Aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Local Examples at Different Scales in Sri Lanka. In:  Brauch, H.G.; Oswald Spring, Ú.; Mesjasz, C.; Grin, J.; Kameri-Mbote, P.; Chourou, B.; Dunay, P.; Birkmann, J. (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks. Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 1129-1146.

Garschagen, M.; Renaud, F. G.; Birkmann, J. (2011): Dynamic Resilience of Peri-Urban Agriculturalists in the Mekong Delta Under Pressures of Socio-Economic Transformation and Climate Change. In: Stewart, M.A.;  Coclanis, P.A. (Eds.): Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta. Springer Netherlands, Advances in Global Change Research. vol. 45, pp. 141–163.

Förster, H.; Pachova, N.I.; Renaud, F.G. (2011): Energy and land use in the Pamir-Alai mountains. Examples from five social-ecological regions. In: Mountain Research and Development. vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 305-314. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Sebesvari, Z.; Le, T.T. H.; Renaud, F. (2011): Climate Change Adaptation and Agrichemicals in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. In: Stewart, M.A.;  Coclanis, P.A. (Eds.): Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta. Springer Netherlands, Advances in Global Change Research. vol. 45, pp. 219–239.

Pham Manh Hoai; Sebesvari, S.; Tu Binh Minh; Pham Hung Viet; Renaud, F.G. (2011): Pesticide Pollution in Agricultural Areas of Northern Vietnam: Case Study in Hoang Liet and Minh Dai Communes. In: Environmental Pollution vol 159, pp. 3344-3350.

Renaud, F.; Perez, R. (2010): Climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments. In: Sustainability Science. No. 5, pp. 155-157. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Renaud, F.G.; Birkmann, J.; Damm, M.; Gallopín, G.C. (2010): Understanding multiple thresholds of coupled social-ecological systems exposed to natural hazards as external shocks. In: Natural Hazards.  no. 55, pp. 749-763.

Sepúlveda, A.; Schluep, M.; Renaud, F.G.; Streicher, M.; Kuehr, R.; Hagelüken, C.; Gerecke, A.C. (2010): A review of the environmental fate and effects of hazardous substances released from electrical and electronic equipment during recycling: Examples from China and India. In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review. no. 30, pp. 28-41. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Warner, K.; Hamza, M.; Oliver-Smith, A.; Renaud, F.; Julca, A. (2010): Climate change, environmental degradation and migration. In: Natural Hazards. no. 55, pp. 689-715. 

Kaplan, M.; Renaud, F. G.; Lüchters, G. (2009): Vulnerability assessment and protective effects of coastal vegetation during the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. In: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1479-1494. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Renaud, F.G.; Bellamy, P.H.; Brown, C.D. (2008): Simulating pesticides in ditches to assess ecological risk (SPIDER): I. Model description. In: Science of the Total Environment. no. 394, pp. 112-123.

Renaud, F.G.; Brown, C.D. (2008): Simulating pesticides in ditches to assess ecological risk (SPIDER): II. Benchmarking for the drainage model. In: Science of the Total Environment. no. 394, pp. 124-133.

Renaud, F.; Jansky, L. (2008): Risk and vulnerability in mountain regions. In: Mountain Research and Development. no. 28(2), pp. 166-167.

Renaud, F.G.; Bogardi J.J.; Dun, O.; Warner, K. (2007): Control, Adapt or Flee: How to Face Environmental Migration? InterSecTions No. 5/2007. UNU-EHS. Bonn.

Scott, H.D.; Renaud, F.G. (2007): Aeration and drainage. In: Lascano, R.J.; Sojka, R.E. (Eds.): Irrigation of Agricultural Crops. Soil Science Society of America, Madison. pp. 195-236.

Affeltranger, B.; Bogardi, J.; Renaud, F. (2005): Living With Water. In: Know Risk. United Nations, Geneva. pp. 258-261.

Renaud, F.G.; Leeds-Harrison, P.B.; Brown, C.D.; van Beinum, W. (2004): Determination of time-dependent partition coefficients for several pesticides using diffusion theory. In: Chemosphere. no. 57, pp. 1525-1535.

Renaud, F.G.; Boxall, A.B.A.; Toy, R.; Robertson, S. (2004): Evaluation of approaches for terrestrial hazard classification. In: Chemosphere. no. 57, pp. 1697-1706.

Renaud, F.G.; Brown, C.D.; Fryer, C.J.; Walker, A. (2004): A lysimeter experiment to investigate temporal changes in the availability of pesticide residues for leaching. In: Environmental Pollution. no. 131(1), pp. 81-91.

Scott, H.D.; Miller, D.M.; Renaud, F.G. (2003): Rice soils: Physical and chemical characteristics and behavior. In: Smith, C.W.; Dilday, R.H. (Eds.): Rice: Origin, History, Technology, and Production. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ. pp.297-329.

Renaud, F.; Scott H.D.; Brewer, D.W. (2001): Soil temperature dynamics and heat transfer in a soil cropped to rice. In: Soil Science. no. 166(12), pp. 910-920.

Renaud, F.; Latham, L.; Na Nakorn, U. (2000): Farm labour availability, labour costs, and soil-conservation possibilities in a study area of northern Thailand. In: Tropical Agriculture (Trinidad). no. 77(1), pp. 42-46.

Renaud, F., Bechstedt, H.-D.; Na Nakorn, U. (1998): Farming systems and soil-conservation practices in a study area of northern Thailand. In: Mountain Research and Development. no. 18(4), pp. 345-356.

Renaud, F. (1997): Financial benefit-cost analysis of soil-conservation practices in northern Thailand. In: Mountain Research and Development. no. 17(1), pp. 11-18.